Depression is a serious mental illness that can present itself in a number of ways with children, teens, and adults. Irritability, aggression, significant/sustained feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of the capacity for pleasure are all symptoms of Depression. Individuals suffering from depression experience lowered school performance, withdrawal, lack of social support, school avoidance, homework avoidance, and work difficulties. A key component of Depression is a lack of self-motivation. Depression has been shown to be highly treatable with comprehensive interventions for those who suffer from it.
If you suffer from depression, you might feel isolated and completely alone. But depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses in America, and you don’t have to try to press through it on your own.
At NeuroHealth AH, we’re experts at assessing depression. Our patients in or near Arlington Heights, IL can turn to us to learn if they have depression and, if so, what they can do about it. Visit us if you think you or one of your children could suffer from depression.
What Does It Mean to Have Depression?
Everyone feels sad every once in a while, but depression goes much beyond general sadness. Instead, depression is a condition where you feel persistently sad and anxious, often for no reason at all, and feel a pervasive sense of hopelessness. Along with these two symptoms, you might experience:
- Lack of interest in activities you previously enjoyed
- Insomnia or excessive oversleeping
- Overeating or undereating
- Suicidal thoughts or a constant wish to simply stop existing
- Annoyance and irritability, even at benign things
- General sense of helplessness or complete lack of self-esteem
- Difficulty focusing on anything, including work, school, and entertainment
If you experience any of these symptoms almost every single day for two or more weeks, you might have depression.
Some people think they should simply shoulder the burden of feeling sad and try to “get over it.” However, while most forms of depression are highly treatable, they’re difficult to approach without help from a professional, and depression rarely goes away on its own. Plus, depression can harm your physical health along with your mental health. It’s imperative to treat it on every level.
If you feel “blue” and experience any of the symptoms listed above, schedule a visit with our clinic to see if you need treatment for depression.
How Do Professionals Assess and Treat Depression?
If you think you have depression, a professional will likely perform a depression assessment to give you an accurate diagnosis. The assessment is usually a quiz where you’ll answer questions like:
- Do you have a family history of depression, anxiety, or other mental illness?
- How long have you noticed your symptoms?
- Have you felt hopeless, worthless, and depressed nearly every day for the past several weeks?
Once a health professional diagnoses depression, he or she can help you treat it. Like other mental illnesses, depression doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all cure. Instead, your physician will work with you individually to find the most effective treatment for your unique situation. A comprehensive treatment plan might include a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant medication.
If you have depression, you don’t have to go through life feeling miserable and hopeless. Visit us for a neuropsychological assessment and treatment plan that can get you back on your feet. We serve all ages, from infants and toddlers to college students, adults, and seniors, so call (847) 754-9343 to get started.