Most people experience feelings of sadness as a natural reaction to life's struggles during certain times in their lives. However, if intense feelings of helplessness, hopelessness or worthlessness are keeping you or a loved one from functioning normally for longer than a few weeks, consider seeking treatment for depression from the behavioral health experts at Glendale Adventist Medical
Major depression is a serious medical illness
affecting 15 million American adults every year. Unlike normal
emotional experiences of sadness, loss or passing moods, major
depression is persistent and can significantly interfere with an
individual's thoughts, behavior, mood, activity and physical
health. In fact, major depression is a leading cause of
disability in the U.S. and many other developed countries.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of depression include:
Persistently sad or irritable mood.
Pronounced changes in sleep, appetite and energy.
Difficulty thinking, concentrating and remembering.
Physical slowing or agitation.
Lack of interest or pleasure in activities that were once
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness and emptiness.
Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to
treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic
When several of these symptoms occur at the same time, last
longer than two weeks and interfere with normal function,
medical treatment may be needed. The behavioral medicine professionals at GAMC are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of depression and can help get you or your loved one back to living a happy and healthy life.
409-8347 to speak to one of GAMC's mental health