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Depression

Depression drains energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to take the necessary steps to help yourself or a loved one feel better. Sometimes just thinking about the things one should do to feel better, like exercising or spending time with friends, can seem exhausting or impossible to put into action. Even the thought of seeking professional help can feel daunting. Here at Pristine Mental Health, we want to help lift the heavy fog of depression through various treatment options suitable for you or a loved one.

 

 “It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling — that really hollowed-out feeling.”— J.K. Rowling

 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Major Depressive Disorder affects approximately 17.3 million American adults, or about 7.1% of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year.

What is Depression?

Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric ailments and, subsequently, one of the most severe. Depression can adversely impact one’s daily life, leading to difficulty with personal relationships, loss of interest in individual activities, and even suicidal ideation. 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of depression may include feelings of anxiety or sadness, anhedonia (inability to experience pleasure), and hopelessness, but may also manifest in the form of headaches, GI discomfort, fatigue, and weight loss.

 

The PHQ-9 is a self-evaluation to assess depression symptoms and to monitor severity.

What are the causes?

The exact cause of depression is not fully understood, but at its core it is a psychiatric ailment caused by structural and chemical changes in the brain. Other factors pertaining to lifestyle, environment, genetics, and trauma can also contribute to depression.  

How is Depression Treated at Pristine Mental Health?

Conclusion/Final Comments

“You say you’re ‘depressed’ — all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective — it just means you’re human.”― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

    Patient Health Questionnaire-9



    Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

    1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things?

    2. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless?

    3. Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much?

    4. Feeling tired or having little energy?

    5. Poor appetite or overeating?

    6. Feeling bad about yourself - or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down?

    7. Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television?

    8. Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed?
    Or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual?

    9. If you checked off any problems, how difficult have these problems made it for you to do your
    work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people?