Depression Treatment Tampa

A common and serious medical illness that affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.  It is more than just being down or feeling sad as a result of something happening in your life.

You must have several of the following symptoms to be diagnosed with depression including a deep feeling of overwhelming sadness or a marked loss of interest or pleasure in activities that lasts at least 2 weeks.. Other symptoms include:

  • Changes in appetite that result in weight losses or gains unrelated to dieting;
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue;
  • Restlessness or irritability;
  • Insomnia or oversleeping;
  • Inability to do things around the house or at work;
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt;
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions;
  • Thoughts of death or suicide or attempts at suicide.

Depression can be effectively treated by a trained Psychiatrist.  Certain medications, and some medical conditions such as viruses, vitamin deficiencies or a thyroid disorder, can cause the same symptoms as depression. A Psychiatrist  can rule out these possibilities by doing a physical exam, interview, and lab tests.

Some people suffering from depression seek out drugs and alcohol as a solution, but only get temporary relief.   Substances do not cure problems, they create them.  Once diagnosed, a person with depression can be treated in several ways.

Depression and Suicide:  Get Help If You Have Persistent Thoughts Like:

  • “I’m finished.” “It’s all over”, “There’s no hope”, There’s nothing I can do” ,“My family would be better off without me”;
  • You start to have a plan to harm yourself;
  • If You Are In Crisis Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential.
A Harvard trained Psychiatrist, Dr. Kittay  sees patients who need Psychiatric care for  Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, PTSD and ADHD.

Dr. Michael J. Kittay, MD, Harvard Trained Psychiatrist

  • Harvard Trained Psychiatrist providing Comprehensive Psychiatric Care for Adults
  • Experienced and Skilled Diagnostician and Psycho-pharmacologist
  • Psychiatric management of Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress, ADHD, Bipolar, Eating and other Mental Health Disorders
Dr. Kittay is a Harvard University trained Psychiatrist and medical doctor who treats all psychiatric and mental health disorders, including Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder, Sleep Disorders, and PTSD. Dr. Kittay is an experienced and skilled diagnostician and psycho-pharmacologist. His training has helped him develop a unique understanding of the interrelationships of psychiatry and medicine, and the insight and skill to provide his patients unsurpassed compassionate care.

Our Approach to Psychiatric Treatment

  • The initial psychiatric evaluation is a comprehensive consultation that includes taking a thorough medical and psychiatric history. You will complete testing for psychiatric disorders including mood, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD and ADHD.
  • This in-depth evaluation guides diagnosis which guides treatment. Because it may take several weeks before psychiatric medications work, a correct diagnosis and choosing the right medication is especially important. Otherwise it will be difficult to know if a medication will be effective or if it is being dosed properly. Getting it right the first time means you feel better sooner.
  • We are as concerned as you are about which medications and how much medication you are taking. We are careful to prescribe the least number of medications at the lowest doses that will be effective. You are always part of the team who makes medication decisions.
  • We recommend evidence based non medication strategies to compliment medications. This helps speed up the recovery process and minimizes the use of medications.
  • Our goal is to make you the best version of yourself possible.

Contact us now for more information or to schedule an appointment.