Depression is a mental illness characterized by feelings of sadness and loss of pleasure coupled with feelings of emptiness or hopelessness.
Depression treatment and depression counseling are the most effective paths to recovery. Common misconceptions of this disease being marked with only feelings of extreme grief and sadness may leave some suffering from atypical depression feeling even more alone. The fact of the matter with depression and all mental illness is that there is hope and whatever it is that you may be feeling. If it is abnormal to you, then there is a call to change those negative feelings, and we are here to help you.
Our approach for depression treatment as well as all illnesses is individualized for each person and situation.
Begin by normalizing the idea of depression and breaking down the stigmas and stereotypes that may be an influence. One’s feelings are personal, and judgment from external sources will only hurt one’s recovery. A BusinessWeek study identified Portland as having the most depression per capita in the United States, you are not alone. Depression is not a character flaw, it is a neurological problem signaled by neurons communicating poorly with each other in the brain as well as a lowered density of those same neurons.
Target the underlying factors of the depression. This may include blood tests to find abnormalities or illnesses that could be causing depression. Living in the Northwest can also be a significant factor leading to one’s depression. We also offer genetic testing to find which receptors in the body may be most likely to react to certain kinds of medications.
With the help of our psychiatric providers, potential medications and other care providers, we have found great success with our clients.
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