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San Marcos Family Medicine

Family Physicians located in San Marcos, TX

Depression Specialist

Patients living in the fog of depression are often desperate for a way out. San Marcos Family Medicine in San Marcos, Texas, has a team of compassionate Central Texas physicians ready to help. This very real mental concern has effective treatments with the support of the right medical team, and that team is at San Marcos Family Medicine.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a medical illness that causes changes in mood, thought, and behavior. This goes beyond simply feeling down on occasion. Patients with depression may experience:

  • Intensely negative moods
  • Feeling down for 2 or more weeks
  • Bad mood or emotions that interfere with the enjoyment of daily life

Patients dealing with these problems need to know that help is available. Depression is treatable with the right medical care.

What causes depression?

Depression comes from the brain. The simplest explanation is that it occurs due to chemical imbalances in the brain, but that's a bit too simplistic. Some possible causes include:

  • Faulty mood regulation in the brain
  • Genetics
  • Stressful life events that trigger the response
  • Medical problems
  • Medications

When these factors are present, the chemicals in the brain, both inside and outside nerve cells, get out of balance, and depression occurs.

How is depression treated?

Depression's a complicated illness, and it affects each patient differently. The million of chemical reactions necessary to create mood all impact a patient's depression. To treat the condition, doctors use medications that seek to balance these chemicals, but because of the complex causes, the treatment looks different for each individual. In addition to medication, patients with depression should receive professional counseling. San Marcos Family Medicine can provide help through medications and referrals to qualified counselors.

Does depression affect children?

Yes, depression can affect children and adolescents. Parents who think their child may have depression should get advice from a pediatric specialist. The doctors at San Marcos Family Medicine include family practice physicians and nurse practitioners, and they're well versed in screening and treating children suffering from depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Patients who think they may have depression can find a number of screening tools online or at San Marcos Family Medicine. Some of the signs and symptoms to watch for include:

  • Concentration problems
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Feelings of pessimism or hopelessness
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Lack of libido
  • Overeating
  • Appetite loss
  • Persistent pain or headaches
  • Digestive problems that aren't responding to treatment
  • Persistent feelings of anxiety or sadness
  • Thoughts of suicide

Patients experiencing these symptoms need to make an appointment with San Marcos Family Medicine right away. Help is available.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At San Marcos Family Medicine, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Golden Rule
Great West Health Care
Health First
Health Net
Seton Health Plan

Words from our patients

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    "The staff is always friendly and nice and the doctors are knowledgeable and willing to work with you regarding prescriptions."

    Jose G.
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    "I have been really sick, called them and gotten in the same day. Wonderful people, good bedside manners. Always helpful. I highly recommend this medical group."

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    "We've been patients for about 5 years now. Absolutely love the doctors; great people who really care. Easy to get in..."

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    "Dr. Lee has been our family's doctor for about 9 years. We don't even live in San Marcos but drive there because of the wonderful care that he and his nurse provides."

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    "I have been seeing Dr. Mangalick for a few years and have had many good experiences with my treatment there."

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    "I have been a patient of Dr Lee's since the late 2000. I have never experienced any of the rudeness that others are reporting."

    David M.
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    "I went in to see Dr Mangalick, and he was able to address my questions extremely quickly. He was very personable, knowledgeable and direct to the point."

    Mary B.
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    "Saw Dr. Mangalick for an issue with my prosthetics. He was super helpful and solved my issue really quickly."

    Alex S.
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    "The nurse practitioners and doctors REALLY listen, aren't afraid to admit when they don't know something and then go look it up so they are informed."

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    "Dr. Lee and his staff are awesome! They are very compassionate and are willing to go out of their way to take care of people. I highly recommend seeing him..."

    Eric B.
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    "Dr. Laue and Mia are great. I go to them for all of my health issues (aside from pregnancy), and can rely on them getting to the root of the problem with ease."

    Adrienne D.
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    "Dr. Laue and Mia are great. I go to them for all of my health issues (aside from pregnancy), and can rely on them getting to the root of the problem with ease."

    Adrienne D.
  • Google+

    "Dr. Lee is the best primary care physician I've ever had. He's very nice, and takes plenty of time to answer all of my questions."

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    "I appreciate how well he communicates, and, the care with which he communicates. I recommend Dr. Laue and his staff."

    Brian P.
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    "Dr. Luae has been treating my family for years. He is an excellent physician. He is a great listener, and he takes the time to explain what is going on."

    Wayne K.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Laue is wonderful. I appreciate how observant he is as my pediatrician was much the same and I find it rare."

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    "Dr. Laue and his colleagues put the focus where it belongs: on listening to the patient and prescribing the treatment that's really needed."

    Carl F.
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    "I really like his approach to helping you get the answers you need to be in better health. He's to the point with great bedside manner."

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San Marcos Family Medicine
2406 Hunter Road, Suite #106
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512-504-7640
Fax: 512-396-8006
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