What Is Depression?

Everyone occasionally feels sad or blue. These feelings are usually short-lived, pass within a couple of days, and may be directly related to external situations that are troubling you. With Depression, it can interfere with daily life and cause pain for both you and those who care about you. It is often not tied to specific situations or triggers, which makes it even more frustrating for you and your support network. Depression is a common but serious illness, as it may impact sleep and eating patterns, motivation, emotions, and come with thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Depression, even the most severe cases, can be effectively treated. The earlier that treatment can begin in the course of Depression, the more effective it is.

At HUM, all of our clients go through a comprehensive assessment, which includes a Depression screening. We will discuss any family history of depression or other mental disorders, and take a thorough inventory of your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health. We will discuss when your symptoms started, how long they have lasted, how severe they are, whether they have occurred before and if so, how they were treated. The team will also ask if you are using alcohol or drugs, and if you are thinking about death or suicide.

Once diagnosed, a person with Depression can be treated in several ways. The most common treatments typically include psychotherapy with or without medication, depending on the individual. The aim of psychotherapy is to allow individuals a safe space to process their emotions and experiences, while learning healthy and effective ways of coping with their symptoms and stressors.