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Depression

Clinical depression is a common psychiatric disorder, characterized by a persistent lowering of mood, loss of interest in usual activities and diminished ability to experience pleasure.

 

While the term “depression” is commonly used to describe a temporary decreased mood when one “feels blue”, clinical depression is a serious illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts that cannot simply be willed or wished away. It is often a disabling disease that affects a person’s work, family and school life, sleeping and eating habits, general health and ability to enjoy life. The course of clinical depression varies widely: depression can be a once in a life-time event or have multiple recurrences, it can appear either gradually or suddenly, and either last for few months or be a life-long disorder. Having depression is a major risk factor for suicide; in addition, people with depression suffer from higher mortality from other causes.

 

Clinical depression is usually treated by psychotherapy, antidepressants, or a combination of the two. Clinical depression may be a stand alone issue having differing features in patients, or as part of a larger medical issue, such as in patients with bipolar disorder or chronic pain.

 

Contact us by email at hopecounselingeap@gmail.com to ask questions, or schedule an appointment for depression treatment or depression therapy, or by phone:

 

Lakeland call 863-709-8110

Winter Haven call 863-292-8292

Davenport call 863-292-8292

Frostproof call 888-467-3925

 

We are located in Lakeland Florida.

 

Our caring staff will be more than happy to assist you.