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Depression Treatment

Washington DC Psychiatrists

Mood disorders include depression and bipolar disorder, and can lead to serious disruptions in people's lives. Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Sadness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Sleep problems
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Uncontrollable tearfulness
  • Feelings of guilt or low self esteem
  • Anxiety, excessive worries, dread
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

The GW Medical Faculty Associates Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers a program of comprehensive evaluation and treatment that treats each patient as a unique individual and addresses all aspects of their lives including their physical health, emotional functioning, the roles they play within their family, the quality of their relationships and ability to work at their full potential. Our faculty and clinical staff are experts in the newest medications (including antidepressants and mood stabilizers) being tested, effective alternative therapies for mood disorders, and diverse therapeutic approaches including cognitive-behavioral therapy, exploratory therapy and interpersonal therapy.

Our Team

Each member of the GWU MFA psychiatry faculty is highly trained and skilled in the evaluation and treatment of depression, mood and anxiety disorders. Of particular note, Amir Afkhami, MD has additional training in, and is a teacher of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Please see the other faculty listings for specialized expertise in depression presenting in women, LGBT individuals, patients with general medical and neurological conditions (including HIV/AIDS and cancer) and patients with alcohol or substance use problems.

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