Depression and Anxiety


What is Depression?

Clinical depression is a serious illness that can affect physical well-being, mood, thoughts and behavior.  Depression can develop when going through different life changes, such as starting college, grieving a serious loss, experiencing an illness, coping with increased stress or without any identifiable or obvious cause.  Those who experience depression can also be suffering from other mental health problems, like alcohol or drug abuse, eating disorders, and anxiety.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression:

  1. Feeling of sadness most or all of the time.
  2. Feeling hopeless
  3. Lack of interest or enjoyment in usual activities, like spending time with friends.
  4. Significant increase or decrease in sleep.
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Difficulty concentrating
  7. Low self-esteem and confidence
  8. Thoughts of death and/or suicide

Treatment Options:

  1. Psychotherapy or Counseling: Helps people better cope with their problems by examining the underlying causes of the depression and finding possible solutions.  A trained professional can help make positive changes in thinking and actions, as well as teach more effective ways of coping with relationships.
  2. Antidepressants: Non-habit forming medications that act on chemical pathways in the brain.  A physician or mental health professional will work to find the right approach for you.

Source:  National Mental Health Association