Depression Specialist

Depression can strike anyone, at any age, and every day in the U.S., millions struggle with it. Dr. Bhojani provides skilled, compassionate treatment for children and adults in Forest Hills, Brooklyn New York, who are struggling with depression, helping them overcome feelings of hopelessness and pervasive sadness to lead happier lives.

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by Shabnamzehra Bhojani, MD, FAPA

Am I clinically depressed or “just” sad?

We all feel sad and depressed from time to time, but usually, those feelings are linked with an event or tend to subside in a relatively short period of time. People with clinical depression (also referred to as major depression or major depressive disorders) are plagued by persistent feelings of sadness and often anxiety that usually have no single, identifiable cause. The effects of clinical depression can extend into every area of life, including work, school and social interactions, resulting in a substantially decreased quality of life. Depression symptoms can become so severe and seem so inescapable, many people contemplate or even attempt suicide.

How is depression diagnosed?

Specific criteria exist to help determine if the symptoms and issues that are being experienced are being caused by clinical depression. In a nutshell, a person must meet at least five of these criteria to be diagnosed with clinical depression:

  • pervasive feelings of sadness, hopelessness or worthlessness

  • loss of interest in many activities

  • difficulty sleeping, which could include insomnia or sleeping too much

  • fatigue or lethargy

  • weight fluctuations

  • restlessness and irritability

  • problems concentrating

  • outbursts of emotion

  • thoughts of suicide

Moreover, the symptoms must be strong and pervasive enough to interfere with everyday living, not just fleeting feelings that still enable you to function normally day to day. Clinical depression can also be accompanied by other disorders, including anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder. In-depth discussion of your symptoms can help ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment for optimal results.

How can therapy help me overcome depression?

Depression is often approached with a combination of therapy and medication (pharmacotherapy) to help battle both the emotional manifestations and physical causes that can contribute to clinical depression. Your treatment will be individualized for your needs and may be adjusted over time to achieve the best results.

Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • City Search

    "The space feels very safe and good questions are asked to fully understand and target the problem."

    Helena R.
  • "Dr. Bhojani was very personable, compassionate and well put together. She was very knowledgeable and hospitable."

    Verified Patient
  • Google+

    "Dr. Bhojani is a great listener, remembers what you tell her, explains things, informative and patient."

    Melody J.
  • Healthgrades

    "She is a wonderful psychiatrist, caring, empathetic towards your problems, soft spoken and yet very knowledgeable."

    Verified Patient
  • Healthgrades

    "I highly recommend her for anybody who is looking for a trustworthy, fair and knowledgeable psychiatrist."

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Location
Shabnamzehra Bhojani, MD, FAPA
110-11 Queens Blvd , Suite 1CC
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone: 718-717-8952
Fax: 718-880-1990
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718-717-8952