Understanding Depression

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Kim Penberthy gives an overview of depression, symptoms and treatment.

    Dr. Kim Penberthy: Hi, my name is Kim Penberthy and I am an assistant professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia Health System. Today, we are going to be talking about depression and some of the symptoms of depression from how to diagnose depression through to how to treat depression. I would like to mention that if you do have symptoms of depression or find out that you have symptoms of depression while you are viewing this and you feel suicidal or some symptoms that are scaring you, it's probably, a good idea to go to your emergency room department or to call 911 if you are feeling suicidal. The other thing would be if you recognize symptoms of depression in yourself after viewing this it would be important to follow up with calling your Physician. A little bit about myself. I am a Clinical Psychologist. I obtained my Bachelors and my Masters degree at Wake Forest University in Psychology and Experimental Psychology and I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. I specialize in treatment of chronic disorders such as depression and I also do research on alcoholism and depression. Now I would like to begin by discussing some of our symptoms of depression and treatment options for depression. Let's get started.