Stop the Downward Spiral of Depression

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Depression is a common mental health concern. More than 19 million adults suffer with depression. Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year. Depression can occur at any time, at any age, and to people of any race, gender, ethnic group or health situation.

More than 19 million adults suffer with depression. Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year. 

Depression Treatment: When Should You Get Help?

If you have five or more of these symptoms for most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, and the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily activities, you may have major depression.If you have five or more of these symptoms for most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, and the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily activities, you may have major depression.

Depression symptoms include:

  • Depressed mood, sadness, or an “empty” feeling, or appearing sad or tearful to others

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed

  • Significant weight loss when not dieting, or significant weight gain (for example, more than 5% of body weight in a month)

  • Inability to sleep or excessive sleeping

  • Restlessness or irritation (irritable mood may be a symptom in children or adolescents too), or feelings of “dragging”

  • Fatigue or loss of energy

  • Feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt

  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating, or indecisiveness

  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or specific plan for committing suicide

 

Your primary care doctor is a good place to start but if you are looking for more comprehensive psychiatric care, please contact our office today at (630) 762-9606 for more information.

If you are feeling hopeless or helpless with any types of thoughts of suicide, please contact 911 or contact the Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and ask for help.

You are never alone and there is always someone available to help you in your time of need.

What are some causes of Depression?

  • Biological – Changes in neurotransmitters or brain chemistry may cause or contribute to depression.

  • Cognitive – Negative thinking patterns and low self-esteem are more likely to develop clinical depression.

  • Gender – More women experience depression than men.[2] While the reasons for this are still unclear, they may include the hormonal changes women go through during menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Other reasons may include the stress caused by the multiple responsibilities that women have.

  • Co-occurrence – Depression is more likely to occur along with other mental health or physical illnesses.

  • Medications – Despite taking medication for depression, there is a chance that medication can make depression symptoms worse as a side effect.

  • Genetic – A family history of depression increases the risk for developing the illness.

  • Situational – Hard life events, such as, divorce, financial problems, or the death of a loved one can contribute to depression.

What you need to know about depression:

  • Depression is a real illness.

  • Depression affects people differently.

  • Depression is treatable if you seek help.

  • If you have depression, you are not alone.

Is there a solution to help Depression Symptoms?

Yes! The Sinha Clinic offers comprehensive psychiatric care that can be in the form of medication management, neuropsychological testing, or an alternative approach called neurofeedback.

Many individuals will suffer from occasional depression throughout their lifetime. Depression changes a persons way of thinking, many sufferers experience a negative thinking pattern that influences how one feels about themselves, their life and those around them. Depression can affect children and adolescents, as well as, affecting a high rate of seniors.

While medication has a long standing history of helping individuals cope with depression symptoms, depression medications are meant to help overcome a stressful hurdle short and sometimes long term. Many patients should be seeking additional treatment in the form of talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or another type of program that can help to create a healthy pattern of thinking. 

An option that helps the root cause of many cognitive systems is called neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a drug-free, non-invasive and natural approach to depression. Medication is not supposed to be a long-term solution but many individuals spend years on medication  not addressing the underlying issues or the root cause brain wave abnormality.

This is how neurofeedback can help you.

Neurofeedback works to create more efficient brain wave connections to increase brain performance. This is done through positive reinforcement by watching a movie or playing a video game. Neurofeedback training strengthens a patient’s brainwave connections to reduce negative symptoms associated with depression and aims to maximize the brain’s potential.

Depression can be treated with medication and/or neurofeedback training, but the 1st step is a careful diagnostic evaluation.

The Sinha Clinic offers medication management, neuro feedback and neuro psychiatric care in a stable and caring environment. If you are feel overwhelmed, worn down, fatigued, sad, isolated, foggy brained, or disconnected, these are classic signs and symptoms that accompany depression, please contact our office today at (630) 762-9606 for more information and to see if you are a good candidate for medication management and/or neuro feedback training.

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