Alex Dimitriu, MD

Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine

You're not alone and depression is more common than you might think.

Depression affects:

  • ONE in FIVE women, ONE in TEN men over the course of a lifetime.
  • About 6.7% of American adults  this year. 

Depression can certainly be situational - in response to life changes and stressors (such as bereavement), but may also have a genetic basis and a course of its own. Most broadly, a depressive episode is a period of at least 2 weeks, during which someone may report a low mood, or loss of interest in activity or lack of pleasure. Often these feelings may be significant enough to be noticed by others, or result in a significant change in function. Commonly, mood is depressed or irritable, energy level is low, sleep may be increased or decreased, and concentration can become difficult. In some cases, appetite may change, thinking and speed of movement may be slower and suicidal thoughts may occur.


In daily experience, we can all be unsettled by life events. Depression is when it gets hard to see the way out, or when it becomes hard to do basic life tasks.  

The good news is there's hope.

Expertise in psychopharmacology allows for careful and conservative medication approaches - focusing on specific symptoms and medication effects to achieve optimal outcomes. Beyond medication, we focus on optimizing sleep and daytime function. Therapy and non-medical approaches are introduced as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Lastly, we give you the tools to take control of your life again. 

Any score greater than 4 is considered abnormal, greater than 15 is moderate to severe depression. 

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CONDITIONS TREATED: anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and treatment resistant depression.

REGIONS COVERED:  We serve clients of the Bay Area, including the communities of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Mountain View, Portola Valley, Atherton, Sunnyvale, and San Jose