Wadsworth Psychiatric Services

Depression

Major Depressive Disorder

 

Clinical depression (major depressive disorder) is described as lack of interest in things that you used to do, or depressed mood for most of the day, while occurring nearly every day for at least two weeks. It can affect the way you think, feel, and handle daily activities. It can also affect your work or school performance.

Clinical Symptoms of Depression may Include:

  • Depressed mood (i.e. sad, hopeless, helpless)

  • Anxiety

  • Lack of motivation

  • Changes in appetite (increase or decrease)

  • Sleep disturbance (i.e. insomnia or hypersomnia)

  • Lack of pleasure

  • Fatigue

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Suicidal thoughts

Clinical Symptoms can be Different in Children and Adolescents:

  • Irritability

  • Loss of interest

  • Isolation

  • Poor grades

  • Risky behaviors (i.e. hypersexuality, substance abuse, self-harm)

  • Acting out

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Somatic symptoms (i.e. headache, abdominal pain)

 

There are many treatment options for treating depression.  They include either counseling, medication, or a combination of both. Antidepressants are used to treat depression, while sometimes taking up to 4-6 weeks to be effective. Do not stop the medication due to symptoms not being immediately relieved without first discussing with your provider. Suicidal thoughts in those younger than age 25 may be present while taking antidepressants.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-(800)-273-TALK (8255)

We are here to help you or your loved one that may be suffering from depression.  We will discuss various treatment options with you, while going over the potential risks and benefits of treatment.

Scheduling an appointment is easy. Just click on the link below for our availability and scheduling. Please contact us by either email or telephone with questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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