Depression

Depression

We have all felt sad at one time or another in our lives. Sometimes we feel tired from working hard, or discouraged when faced with serious problems. Those feelings usually pass within a few days or weeks once we adjust. But if these feelings linger, intensify, and begin to interfere with work, school, or relationships, it may be depression. Depression is one of the most common psychological disorders. It can affect anyone: young or old, men and women. Depression changes how you think and feel, also affecting your social behavior and sense of well-being, both mental and physical. Sometimes it can be very difficult to seek help for depression. If you are experiencing difficulty, understand that you are injured. Depression is an illness, just like high blood pressure or the flu. Severe depression can be very real and very hurtful and damaging. Treatment and relief are available.

Very often, a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors are involved in the development of depression. A serious loss, work or school stress, relationship problems, family crisis, or any unwelcome life change may trigger depression.
Each year over 17 million American adults experience clinical depression. Nearly 2/3 of depressed people do not receive the treatment they need.
Symptoms
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions
  • Fatigue or decreased energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness
  • Persistent sad, anxious, “empty” feelings
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Change in sleep patterns or appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts
If you or someone you know has persistent suicidal thoughts,
do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline
immediately at 10800-273-TALK (8255)
How we can help:

Here at the Samaritan Center, we have therapists trained in various strategies that can assist someone with clinical depression.

Psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and general counseling may help your depression, as well as guided self help and advice on changes you can make to your lifestyle that will help you.

Our trained and licensed professionals care. We offer hope through treatment for these issues by affirming the needs of the whole person — body, mind, and spirit.

Inherent to this philosophy is a respect for your faith and values and your decision whether or not to incorporate these into treatment.

When you schedule an appointment we will perform an initial  assessment and then work with you on treatment options that best suit the diagnosis.

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