Depression services offered in Washington, DC and Bowie, MD

Sadness is a normal emotion, but if you feel persistently sad, hopeless, and empty, it could be depression. Depression can interfere with work, relationships, and daily life. At DMV Psychiatric Wellness located in Washington, DC, and Bowie, MD, Oko Akrong, PMHNP-BC, offers a variety of therapies to help you manage depression and enjoy life more. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression, don’t hesitate to contact the office or use the online tool to make an appointment right away.

Is depression different from the “blues?”

Disappointment, sadness, or a bout of the “blues” are normal and expected. Depression, however, is a chronic, debilitating condition that affects relationships, work, and vitality. When you’re depressed, the way you think, act, and feel is altered. 

When depression goes untreated, it can lead to major health problems and threaten your well-being. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

If you have feelings of sadness or worthlessness for more than a week or two, it could signal depression. Other signs of depression include: 


  • Feelings of hopelessness or guilt
  • A loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Lack of energy
  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Slowed speech and movements
  • Issues with concentration and focus
  • Thoughts of death or suicide


Even if you notice just one or two of these symptoms, it could be an indication of depression.

What causes depression?

Depression can run in families. It often results from changes in your brain chemistry and needs treatment to resolve. 


Depression can also occur due to:


  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Chronic disease, like cancer or diabetes
  • Post-pregnancy (postpartum depression)
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Certain medications


Depression may also be a sign of another condition, like post-traumatic stress disorder, an anxiety disorder, or borderline personality disorder. 

How can I manage depression?

Getting help from a qualified clinician can help you talk through and learn new behaviors to help you overcome depression. Mr. Oko Akrong can work with you to understand how daily life, family, social connections, school, and work affect how you feel and may exacerbate your feelings. 


He can also help if depression is having an impact on your physical health. Addiction and depression often occur together and can make each condition worse. 


Mr. Oko Akrong customizes your treatment plan using a combination of talk therapy, behavior modification, and, possibly, medications. He teaches you how to reach out to friends and family for support, even when not in therapy. 


If you or a loved one needs help managing depression, contact DMV Psychiatric Wellness  today. Call the office or use this website to make an appointment online.