Depression Specialist

Candace Good, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Sig: Wellness Studio

Candace Good, MD

Psychiatrist located in State College, PA

At least one in 15 American adults experience depression each year, but effective mind-body therapies are available. At Sig: Wellness Studio in State College, Pennsylvania, Candace Good, MD, brings a whole-body approach to treating conditions like depression. If you’re looking for ways to restore your mind-body balance and relieve your depression symptoms, call Sig: Wellness Studio or schedule an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mental health issue affecting at least one in six people during their lifetime. Also known as chemical depression or major depressive disorder, this condition is associated with extreme emotions like sadness that can make it difficult to function at home or work.

There are different forms of depression, including:

  • Persistent depressive disorder, or dysthymia
  • Postpartum depression
  • Psychotic depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Bipolar disorder

Anyone can develop depression, but several factors can increase your chances, including having a family history of depression, having low self-esteem, or being prone to negativity, or exposure to abuse, violence, neglect, or poverty.

While it’s normal to experience feelings of sadness from time to time, symptoms lasting more than two weeks could indicate a depressive condition.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression causes a variety of symptoms that can vary from person to person, but often include:

  • Loss of energy or fatigue
  • Too little or too much sleep
  • Changes in appetite
  • Depressed or saddened mood
  • Slowed movements or speech
  • Inability to make decisions, think or concentrate
  • More repetitive actions like pacing or hand-wringing

When you’re experiencing depression, it’s also common to have feelings of worthlessness or thoughts of death or suicide.

Having depression is different than the feelings of sadness associated with grief. While the grieving process can share several symptoms with depression, grief typically comes in waves, is often mixed with positive memories, and allows you to maintain your self-esteem. However, grief can trigger major depression in some people.

How is depression diagnosed and treated?

Depression is a very treatable condition and between 80-90% of individuals find relief from their symptoms.

Dr. Good brings a holistic approach to her psychiatric training to treat mood disorders like depression. During your initial consultation, Dr. Good discusses your personal and family medical history, performs a thorough mental status and targeted physical exams, and may also recommend lab tests to rule out any underlying health conditions.

Based on your diagnosis, Dr. Good often suggests a combination of therapies that might include:

  • Ayurvedic approaches focusing on a personalized wellness routine and healthy diet
  • Psychotherapy “talk therapy” methods, like cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Complementary treatments, like stress management techniques or meditation
  • Personalized yoga instruction with a provider

Dr. Good also empowers you better understand the role you play in your own mental health treatment.

Note: Dr. Good views bipolar and psychotic depression as more complex conditions that require a higher level of care and would require a referral from your prescriber.  

For more information on managing mood disorders like depression, call Sig: Wellness Studio or schedule an appointment online today.