When depression hits you, it’s heavy. It’s more than just feeling unhappy about a situation, and it’s not the same as just feeling sad or disappointed. Depression feels never-ending and inescapable and can interfere with your ability to function in daily life.
If you can relate to these feelings, we promise better days are ahead. Our team of psychiatric professionals at Midwest Wellness Associates in IL has helped many patients just like you overcome depression.
If you want to learn more about how our team of psychiatrists can help treat you for depression, call us today. You are one step away from rediscovering HOPE. Please call (630) 496-5368 for our Westmont location or (773) 900-8781 for our Chicago location.
Depression is a mental health disorder that affects a person's mood, thoughts, and behavior. It can cause feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable.
Depression is a common condition that can occur at any age and can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental factors, and life events. Unfortunately, nearly 15 million American adults experience depression, with the majority being women.
The symptoms of depression can vary from person to person. Common symptoms include:
While periods of normal sadness typically end on their own, over time or as something new catches your attention, major or severe depression doesn't heal itself.
The American Psychiatric Association distinguishes between types and severity of depression. One type is Bipolar Disorder - which used to be called manic depression. With this condition, sufferers switch from feeling severely depressed to invulnerable and euphoric. Patients go from feeling profoundly incapable to feeling supremely clever or skilled.
For some, there can be periods of feeling neither depressed nor manic for a while until some neurochemical switch is flipped, and a plunge into depression or rocket into mania takes them over. For others, depression is a more constant state, punctuated with periods of high energy, increased activity, and feeling able to tackle anything and everything.
A small number of patients dealing with bipolar disorder can cycle rapidly between the poles of mania and depression as frequently as weekly or even daily, with unpredictable timing.
If any of these descriptions of bipolar disorder sound familiar, you can get your life back in control with the help of Midwest Wellness Center Associates.
People who can function well enough day-to-day but have low energy, low self-esteem, and don't enjoy much about their life for more than 2 years may be diagnosed with Dysthymia. Those with a similar experience for shorter periods may be treated for Minor Depression.
A reduction in sunlight in the winter months may result in Seasonal Affective Disorder for some people, resulting in more depressive symptoms during those times of the year with an improvement in their mood in the spring and summer months.
A particular concern for some women after giving birth is Postpartum Depression which usually occurs within four weeks after delivery. Women experience similar symptoms of depression, with at least one of the symptoms being a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure. During pregnancy, about 20% of women experience perinatal depression; of that 20%, at least 10% suffer from a Major Depressive Episode.
A small number of people with severe depression experience what's called a break from reality or psychosis. In a Psychotic Depression, they may have delusional beliefs or disturbing hallucinations of things, people, or noises that other people can't see or hear. This kind of depression requires more intensive treatment and once recognized, should be treated immediately by going to the nearest emergency room for evaluation.
Depression can affect individuals of all ages, including teenagers and children. Sadly, many of our youth do not know how to seek help making it vital to watch for signs of depression.
Depression is real, and we are here to help. If you notice any of the above signs of depression in your child, it is critical to seek help immediately. Call today to speak with one of our team members to see how we can help you and your child today. Call (630) 496-5368 for our Westmont location or (773) 900-8781 for our Chicago location.
At Midwest Wellness Center Associates, we offer a range of treatment options that are evidence-based treatments that can help you manage your symptoms and improve your overall well-being.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that helps you identify negative thought patterns and behaviors contributing to your depression. By learning new coping strategies and changing the way you think about certain situations, you can improve your mood and reduce your symptoms.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is another type of talk therapy that focuses on developing skills to manage intense emotions and improve relationships. It can be beneficial for people with depression who struggle with impulsive behavior or have a history of trauma.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a short-term therapy that helps you improve your relationships and communication skills. By addressing interpersonal problems, IPT can help you reduce your symptoms of depression and prevent relapse.
Ketamine Treatments, known for their effectiveness in treating severe depression, may offer relief for individuals unresponsive to other treatments. Though currently unavailable, Midwest Wellness Associates anticipates providing this treatment option in the near future. Our team of experienced professionals will be ready to work with you to determine if ketamine is a suitable choice.
At Midwest Wellness Associates, we believe in taking a personalized approach to treatment. We will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals. Our goal is to help you manage your symptoms, improve your quality of life, and achieve lasting wellness. Remember, depression is treatable, and with the right support and care, you can overcome this condition and live a fulfilling life.