We all get the blues now and then, but depression is more than a mood. It’s a despair that won’t lift; a hopelessness that seems to have no end. Depression is by its very nature a season of darkness. And, unlike the blues, this darkness will not grow lighter without professional help.
Fortunately, most people can find a brighter season if they take that first step toward finding help. Counseling and/or medication have helped countless people emerge from the darkness into a new and better life.
Depression knows no social, economic or ethnic boundaries. It strikes adults, adolescents and even children. Millions of people face this disease in the United States alone.
It robs people of productivity, positive relationships and, quite simply and powerfully, joy. At times, when a depressed person turns to suicide, it tragically and needlessly steals life itself.
Signs of depression
Learn to recognize the signs of depression in yourself or someone you care about. If you or someone you know experiences four or more of the following symptoms continually for more than two weeks, it’s time to seek professional advice.
- Loss of interest and pleasure in things you used to enjoy, including sex
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Noticeable change of appetite, with either significant weight loss not attributable to dieting or weight gain
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide, wishing to die, or suicide attempts (People suffering this symptom should receive treatment immediately!)
- Problems concentrating, thinking or making decisions
- Noticeable change in sleeping patterns, such as trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy or feeling fatigued
- Physical symptoms, such as headaches, digestive problems and other aches and pains
- Persistent feelings of hopelessness
- Inappropriate feelings of guilt
- Melancholia (defined as overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief), accompanied by waking at least two hours earlier than normal in the morning, feeling more depressed in the morning and moving significantly more slowly
- Disturbed thinking (a symptom experienced by some severely depressed people), such as beliefs not based in reality about physical disease, sinfulness, poverty, etc.
Find help and hope
If you or a loved one are facing major depression, you’ll need professional help to overcome it. Community Hospitals offer a full spectrum of care, including counseling, medication management and other services.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, therapists, clergy and other professionals work together to help the person with depression find a new season of hope.
With services throughout central Indiana, Community provides individual, group and family therapy in a range of outpatient settings. Special programs are tailored for the specific needs of children, adolescents, adults and senior adults.
Community’s staff and affiliated professionals focus on each individual’s needs and work together to help clients find the best ways to cope with and even enjoy the various aspects of their daily life.
Day or evening therapy
For adults, senior adults, adolescents and children dealing with severe depression, day or evening therapy can provide an alternative or follow-up to hospitalization. The programs help participants work through their difficulties while continuing to live at home and perhaps even while still working or attending school.
Day or evening therapy sessions, also called partial hospitalization, typically meet Monday through Friday for four to six hours each day.
Services include group therapy; groups for building skills in coping, communication and assertiveness; and psychiatric and medication services.
Individual and family therapy may also be included in the treatment plan, and an optional day school is available for children and adolescents.
Sometimes, a person’s mental health reaches a level of unrelenting crisis. Depression or anxiety, sometimes in combination with drug or alcohol addiction, becomes so severe that it is neither safe nor helpful for the person to remain in or enter outpatient therapy.
In these cases, Community provides intensive behavioral care to clients at the Psychiatric Pavilion of Community Hospital North, Indianapolis, and at the Stress Center of Community Hospital Anderson.
At the Psychiatric Pavilion, targeted programs and units serve the particular needs of children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. The Anderson Stress Center serves adults and provides 48-hour acute stabilization for adolescents.
In both locations, an experienced psychiatric staff works with each client to stabilize the crisis, increase coping skills, instill hope and develop a plan for continued outpatient and/or home care after the hospital stay.
Call with questions or in crisis
Whatever your situation, help is within your reach. Call Community's 24-hour phone line for more information about behavioral care services. Our professionals can suggest how and where you can begin to find help. Master’s-degreed clinicians stand by at all hours and have at their disposal a network of supportive services in your area, including emergency behavioral care.
Call today at 317-621-5719 or 800-662-3445.