Depression Specialist

Custom Access Psychiatry

Psychiatrists & Therapists located in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Depression is a problem for almost 7% of the population in any given year, but you can manage your symptoms and improve your mental health if you're willing to reach out for help. The team of licensed mental health professionals at Custom Access Psychiatry in Chicago is here to listen to your needs and guide you toward a happier and emotionally healthier future. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Depression Q&A

What causes depression?

Depression is a recurrent disease that happens for many reasons. Usually, it's not the result of any single change. In some cases, a family history of depression plays a role. Depression may also start after a painful life event, or after a series of difficult issues.

Depression is a complex disease that improves with professional psychiatric care. The best way to get to the root of depression is to work with an experienced psychiatrist and therapist like the team at Custom Access Psychiatry. Depression often can be managed effectively.

What are the signs of depression?

Your experience with depression is unique, but some of the most common signs include:

  • Feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness, and shame
  • Frequent crying
  • Loss of interest in everyday activities
  • Avoidance of social activities
  • Spending increased time alone
  • Sleeping more or less than usual


Depression is different than sadness or grief. Your symptoms last longer and usually won't resolve on their own.

What are the risk factors for depression?

While patients of any age, sex, and background can suffer from depression, certain groups may be more likely to be depressed, including:

  • Women are more likely to deal with depression than men
  • New moms have a higher risk for depression (postpartum depression)
  • Seniors may be more likely to experience depression as they age
  • Teens, along with any people undergoing hormonal changes, are more likely to be depressed


Your risk of depression is also higher if you have a chronic health condition that disrupts your life. For example, if you live with fibromyalgia or another chronic pain condition, your chances of developing depression increase.

How is depression treated?

The team at Custom Access Psychiatry customizes depression treatment for each patient. Your plan may include a combination of treatments to address your specific needs. You can opt for in-home therapy if you have trouble making your way to the office.

Custom Access Psychiatry provides treatments to help you discover and resolve the root cause of your depression. Your individual treatment plan may include medication, therapy, lifestyle adjustments, and alternative therapies. They personalize treatment to help you develop the strategies and tools you need to cope in a healthy way.

Your provider can help you turn negative coping mechanisms into new, healthy ones. If you're living with depression, call Custom Access Psychiatry or schedule an appointment online today.