Depression affects 8.5% of the population, 19 million Americans. There is a 17% lifetime risk of depression.

Feeling sad, blue or depressed is a common reaction to situation or events that are troubling, such as death of a loved one, problems at work, or conflicts in interpersonal relationships. Clinical depression is a disorder that lasts more than just a few days or weeks and is defined by a host of symptoms.

Symptoms may include:
  • Depressed, empty or irritable mood most or all of the day
  • Greatly decreased interest or pleasure in many activities
  • Lack of motivation, pessimism
  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Difficulty with sleeping (too much or too little)
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Withdrawal from social interactions, isolation
  • Restlessness or slowness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Chronic pain without medical cause
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Causal Factors:
Biologic, Genetic, and/or Sociologic factors. Can be accompanied by other Anxiety Disorders and/or Eating Disorders.

Treatment Options:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or Medication.