There is only a certain amount of stress the body and mind can handle, and when that limit is exceeded, depression may ensue. We’ve all had “the blues” from time to time, but depression is much more: It is a physical, mental, and emotional illness that involves every major body system. Untreated, depression can cause major problems. It can threaten jobs, relationships, and physical health. Depression rarely abates without treatment.
The incidence of depression (including teenage depression) in our country has shown a steady increase over the past decade. Some of the reasons why include:
- Increased stress
- Longer work weeks
- Greater responsibilities
- Expectations to do more with less
- Less support from extended family
- Feeling disconnected and not in control of life
There is Hope
The good news is that depression is a highly treatable problem. Here at Behavioral Sciences of Alabama, the combination of psychotherapy and medication has proven to be an effective one-two punch in treating depression.
Two simple questions can pre-screen for depression:
- During the past month, have you been bothered by feeling down, depressed, or hopeless?
- Often been bothered by little interest or pleasure in doing things you usually enjoy?
If you answered yes to either or both of these questions, you should seek a further evaluation for depression. Please click on the links below for more information and a more detailed pre-screening list of symptoms.
Don’t let depression get in the way. Call Behavioral Sciences of Alabama in Huntsville, AL (southeast Huntsville, near Parkway Place Mall) at 256.883.3231. For your convenience, you can also fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation with us. See us if you live in Madison County, AL (Huntsville, Madison), Limestone County, AL (Decatur, Athens), or Guntersville, AL.