Depression Specialist

Green Med Cards

Alternative Medicine Practitioner & Medical Marijuana located in College Park, MD

Depression is one of the most common psychological problems, and treating it can be a long and challenging process. For decades, treatment has mostly involved antidepressant medication and therapy, with few alternatives. Now, medical cannabis offers a new form of treatment, one that carries a few of the side effects involved with traditional antidepressants. If you’re interested in how medical cannabis could help you, call Green Med Cards in College Park, Maryland, today or make an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder, also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression. Depression is more than just feeling sad or a case of the blues, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something in which to be ashamed. Depression causes a persistent feeling of sadness, disinterest, or emptiness. It may make it hard for you to go about your normal daily activities, lose interest in things you once enjoyed, or even feel life is not worth living.

While depression has no immediate cure and often requires long-term treatment, most people get better over time with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.

How do I know if I’m depressed?

While it’s possible for you to experience depression only once, the majority of people who experience depression deal with it multiple times in their lifetime. During an episode of depression, you’ll likely experience symptoms every day, including:

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
  • Irritability or frustration
  • Angry outbursts, even over small and unimportant matters
  • Loss of interest in things you once enjoyed, including hobbies, sports, or sex
  • Insomnia
  • Sleeping too much
  • Lack of energy
  • Reduced appetite or loss of weight
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Trouble thinking or solving problems
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or attempting suicide

Not everyone experiences depression the same way. Some people may have severe symptoms, while others may feel sad or fatigued without knowing why.

How can medical cannabis help my depression?

Just as everyone experiences depression differently, they react to treatment for depression differently too. Most people respond well to psychotherapy, but many also use medication to help stabilize their mood.

However, not everyone responds to these medications as intended, and many people experience side effects that make taking their medication as unpleasant as the symptoms they’re trying to avoid.

Many people with depression have found that medical cannabis has improved their mood and helped them deal with anxiety or other symptoms. Some people have found that cannabis on its own can be effective, while others use it together with traditional antidepressants.

If you’re interested in learning more about depression and how you could benefit from medical cannabis, call Green Med Cards today or make an appointment online.