Major Depressive Disorder Specialist

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM -  - Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM

Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment located in Great Neck, NY

Major depressive disorder is the leading disability among 18- to 44-year-olds in the United States and affects more than 16 million Americans. Major depressive disorder (MDD) can be a heartbreaking illness that affects the sufferer and their families in myriad ways unless steps are taken to stop the cycle, which is where Dr. Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABAM, ABPM, comes in. Through his deep understanding of mental disorders, Dr. Surasky helps his patients in Great Neck, New York, lead happy, healthy lives long into the future. To get help for MDD, call or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.

Major Depressive Disorder Q & A

What is major depressive disorder?

While most people feel sad sometimes, and even experience periods of depression, especially after a loss or tragic event, major depressive disorders go far deeper — MDD is a chronic disease that affects almost every area of a person’s life.

The median age for diagnosis is 32.5 years old and MDD affects more women than men. The condition also varies considerably in its intensity and effect on your life. You may have just one episode in your life, or you may suffer from repeated episodes that last for months or years.

The bottom line is that MDD can have both mental and physical ramifications that considerably impact your ability to function normally.

What are the symptoms of major depressive disorder?

In order to differentiate from a standalone episode of depression or other mental disorders, for Dr. Surasky to diagnose you with MDD, you should experience five or more of the following symptoms:

  • You feel sad every day, for most of the day
  • You lose interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • A loss of energy
  • You sleep far less, or far more, than usual
  • Changes in appetite that lead to weight gain or loss
  • You’re restless
  • You experience a feeling of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Suicidal thoughts or tendencies

There’s no single checklist that definitively determines whether you have MDD, but you know yourself best. If you’re feeling any of the above symptoms and they’re out of the ordinary, you should seek the counsel of Dr. Surasky. More importantly, if you’re thinking about suicide, you should get help immediately.

How is major depressive disorder treated?

If Dr. Surasky determines that MDD is at the root of your problems, he tailors a treatment plan that fits the intensity and duration of your symptoms. Typically, your treatment includes both medications to stop the downward spiral and psychotherapy to address some of the underlying causes of the condition in order to help you better cope and manage your emotions.

Antidepressants, especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, have proven highly successful in treating MDD but finding the right one can be tricky. Rest assured, Dr. Surasky works diligently to find the right solution for your situation.

With the right medications and one-on-one therapy, you can gain the upper hand on your MDD, allowing you the freedom to enjoy your life again. Call or use the online scheduler to learn more.