Major Depression

If you are suffering from the symptoms of depression, you are not alone. Depression is one of the most common mood disorders, affecting about 18 million Americans each year. Depression can happen at any age but typically begins in adulthood. It causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression can affect how you think, feel and behave and may lead to emotional as well as physical problems.

For many with depression, symptoms are severe enough to interfere with daily responsibilities such as school, work and social activities. It also may cause problems with personal relationships. Patients report feeling generally miserable without knowing why.

Depression is more than a case of “the blues” and often people can’t just snap out of it. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks and occur nearly every day.

Treatment may be long-term and involve a combination of behavioral and holistic therapies, wellness education, recreational activities and medication. No two people are affected the same way by depression so a treatment plan is customized for the patient.