Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry & Perinatal Specialist located in Cherry Hill , NJ
Depression services offered in Cherry Hill , NJ

Depression is a widespread and debilitating mental health disorder that affects almost 7% of adults. Up to 20% of adolescents experience depression by the time they reach adulthood. Compassionate and board-certified mental health professionals Dr. Amy Carnall, DNP, APN, PMHMP-BC, and Christina Sertway, APN, PMHNP-BC, at Clarity Psychiatry Care diagnose and treat patients of all ages in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. If you're concerned about depression, call the office to schedule an appointment or request one online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health disorder that causes pervasive and intense feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and despair. Negative emotions and thoughts can lead to behavioral changes that negatively impact your quality of life.

Some of the common signs of depression include:

  • Lost interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Appetite changes
  • Low energy
  • Reduced concentration and decision-making skills
  • Feeling guilt
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression may or may not have a trigger, and the condition can develop gradually or rapidly. When left untreated, depression becomes progressively more severe, but you can get better with treatment.


What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression occurs after childbirth. Those who develop postpartum depression are at greater risk of developing major depression later in life. Symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Intense irritability
  • Difficulty bonding with the baby

Left untreated, postpartum depression may last months or longer. Treatment includes antidepressants, counseling, and hormone therapy.


When should I see a mental health professional about depression?

It’s normal to feel sad and experience grief on occasion. These normal emotions pass with time. Depression, on the other hand, persists for weeks, months, or even years. 

If you have depression symptoms that have persisted for more than two weeks or interfere with your health or quality of life, make an appointment at Clarity Psychiatry Care.

*Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital if you or someone you know is considering self-harm or suicide


How do you treat depression?

Clarity Psychiatry Care takes an integrative and holistic approach to depression treatment, including:

GeneSight Testing

Clarity Psychiatry Care utilizes pharmacogenomic testing, which helps to empower you and your provider to develop the best medication plan for you by examining your DNA with respect to psychotropic medication metabolism.

Testing analyzes clinically important genetic variations that may impact how you metabolize and respond to certain medications.

Conventional depression treatment

In addition to prescribing medication to regulate brain chemistry, Clarity Psychiatry Care can provide a referral to counseling. The team recommends implementing lifestyle changes to improve overall health and wellness. They’re also knowledgeable about medication in pregnancy.

Lifestyle adjustments

Many patients find that choosing healthy foods and maintaining a balanced diet, adding physical activity to their everyday routine, and ensuring enough sleep, can improve their health and make it easier to cope with depression.

Call Clarity Psychiatry Care for compassionate and personalized depression treatment. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.