At Aurora, we believe everyone deserves a chance to experience the simple joys of life and have meaningful connections with friends and family. Life wasn’t meant to be a daily struggle, but when you’re feeling depressed, even getting out of bed can be a challenge.
What is depression? It’s not just “feeling down” – and it’s not a sad feeling you can easily “shake off.” Depression is a serious mood disorder that persists for weeks or months, interfering with your daily routine and making it hard to go about your life. People who are depressed dwell on negative thoughts and feel constant sadness, hopelessness or emptiness.
Two out of 10 people are affected by depression each year. If you’re one of them, effective depression treatment is available from Aurora’s nationally recognized team of behavioral health experts.
The signs and symptoms of depression may be different from person to person, and they may change over time. Common clinical depression symptoms include:
There are several different types of depression, including:
Depression risk factors may include genetics, environmental influences and personal experiences. If you have a history of depression or other mental health disorders in your family, you may be more likely to develop depression yourself. Serious illness, trauma, stress and abuse are also risk factors for depression.
Women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression – but women are also more likely to seek treatment.
The process of diagnosing depression can take a variety of forms. Where most medical conditions are diagnosed through blood or laboratory tests, these tests are not very helpful when it comes to diagnosing depression.
Your doctor may perform a physical exam to rule out any physical causes of depression like hypothyroidism - a condition caused by an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism is the medical condition most commonly associated with the signs of depression.
Your doctor will also talk with you about your symptoms and administer a depression questionnaire. This questionnaire will let you report your day-to-day mood, behaviors and habits. This kind of depression test (or depression screening) can help your medical provider determine a possible depression diagnosis. From there, they can discuss your depression treatment options.
Depression is an illness, and it is treatable. A combination of therapy and depression medication is often the best treatment for depression. Cognitive psychotherapy, or behavioral therapy, is especially helpful in preventing relapse. Cognitive therapy focuses on reframing negative thinking and expectations.
If you think you may be suffering from depression, contact us at (414) 773-4312 to schedule a consultation.
If you feel depression may be impacting your life, the mental health care team at Aurora Health Care will discuss your symptoms and determine a treatment plan that’s right for you.
We have depression treatment clinics throughout eastern Wisconsin, with locations in:
* Multiple locations