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Depression Treatment in Los Angeles with Dr. Hughes

Recognizing the symptoms of depression

Depression is often misunderstood. People hear the word depression, and they think of a temporary funk or a sad day. The reality is depression can have significant impacts on life and functioning. It is so much more than simply feeling sad.

Dr. Thomas Hughes, an expert psychiatrist that specializes in treating teens and young adults, has the training and skillset to help your child find relief from depression in Los Angeles. Contact us to schedule your first visit and start making changes.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that leaves patients with long-lasting feelings of sadness or despair. It is also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression.

To be diagnosed with clinical depression, patients must meet highly specific criteria outlined in the DSM-5. However, many patients experience disruption to their lives and feelings without meeting these distinct diagnostic criteria. Therapy can help patients with diagnosable depression and those that are struggling with depressive feelings. If depression is impacting your life, contact Dr. Hughes.

Symptoms of Depression

Dr. Hughes has helped many teens and young adults to overcome the signs of depression which can include:

  • Reduced interest in activities
  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping more or less than usual)
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating

Depression can be tricky to spot because many patients with the condition don’t realize they have it. There are many signs of depression and most patients don’t have them all. If your child is showing signs of depression, consult with a licensed mental health professional to determine if treatment is needed.

Clinical depression vs. The Blues: How to Know If It’s Really Depression

Life is challenging, and sooner or later, we all have bad days. Feeling sadness occasionally or in response to stressful situations doesn’t mean that you’re clinically depressed. However, it can be a sign of clinical depression. How can you tell the difference?

  • If feelings of sadness are interfering with work, sleep, or other daily activities, you may have depression.
  • If sadness lingers or you’re not bouncing back after a challenging situation, it may be worth exploring treatment.

If you have clinical depression, it isn’t something that you’re going to bounce back from on your own. Treatment with counseling is needed for a quick recovery.

FAQs: Depression Treatment in Los Angeles, CA

Depression is challenging at any age, but young patients often experience intense, erratic feelings. Since depression can increase the risk of substance abuse, self-harm, and suicide, prompt treatment is important.

Medication can be a helpful tool for some patients. There are many options we can try first, and we don’t go straight to medication unless it is required urgently. If Dr. Hughes believes medications can be beneficial, he’ll let you know his opinion and will discuss the pros and cons of each treatment option. Medicine is simply one tool available out of many.

Clinical Depression is different from sadness. Temporary, fleeting emotions often resolve on their own, but clinical depression is more deep-rooted and usually requires treatment. Getting professional help for your clinical depression can help you find relief sooner and avoid many of the pitfalls of trying to tough things out on your own.

Major depressive disorder can be a lifelong condition, but many patients learn to manage it successfully and no longer require treatment. The number of sessions needed will vary, but the goal is always to build self-sufficiency for patients.

Major depressive disorder is often seen with other mental health conditions, including anxiety, self-harm, and substance abuse. Dr. Hughes is an experienced psychiatrist. If you’re struggling with other conditions, he can help you address them too.

Why Teens and Young Adults Often Need Treatment for Depression

Clinical depression in teens and young adults often looks similar to clinical depression in older adults, but the feelings may be more volatile and intense.

Treating clinical depression in teens and young adults is critical. Counseling can help them to overcome this disorder and find success, both now and in adulthood.

Steps You Can Take Now

It is normal to not feel normal in certain situations (bad grade on a test, loss of a loved one, end of a relationship, etc).  The most difficult part of treatment is recognizing when the disruption of normalcy needs clinical help. 

Getting Professional Help for Your Depression

Dr. Hughes uses the CUBE approach for treating Major depressive disorder and other concerns in teens and young adults living in Los Angeles.  His approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidenced based and highly effective therapy technique for many psychological conditions. 


Connect -Dr. Hughes connects with both his patient and/or their family because relationships build the foundation for successful therapy.


Uplift – Change is easier when you feel good about a situation. Dr. Hughes focuses on creating a positive environment so patients can feel better about their situation, their behavior, and their situation.


Build – Significant changes are possible when you have the right tools, Dr. Hughes works with his patients to give them the tools for success. These tools enable patients to address challenges and make positive changes. These methods will last a lifetime, serving patients long after the last therapy session with Dr. Hughes.


Empower – The end-goal of treatment is self-sufficiency. We help our patients to become the person they need to be to have a successful future. We help our patients find out who they are and how they can move towards a more positive and successful future.

Each patient will receive a personalized treatment plan to address their specific challenges and concerns. Treating major depressive disorder is a process and his approach has found great success helping patients manage their emotions and mood in safe and healthy ways.

If you or a loved one are struggling with major depressive disorder, contact Dr. Thomas Hughes to explore options for treating depression in Los Angeles, CA.