Sadness is part of being a human. Depression, however, is a painful health condition requiring psychological help. Many people experience depression at some point in their lives. According to the National network of Depression Centers every 7th adult in the US suffers from some form of depression, meaning that an astounding 21 million are directly impacted.

Depression has many causes and subtypes, which we are now only beginning to understand. Some of the known causes of depression include inflammation, genetics, neurotransmitter and hormonal abnormalities, environmental and social stressors, medical conditions, unhelpful thought patterns, and trauma, among many others.

Depression can present in many different ways and can rob individuals of the ability to enjoy life and to function in their daily activities. It can undermine or otherwise affect work and relationships. Most depression patients feel sad, apathetic, and have difficulty coping with the stresses of daily life.

However overwhelming depression feels, it can be treated and there is hope.

The treatment for depression varies, and sometimes medications such as antidepressants are needed. Psychotherapy supports personal growth and change of one's thought patterns and lifestyle that allow for long term recovery. CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, is a key psychotherapy approach that is scientifically proven to fight depression.

Fast and effective treatment of depression is of important for many reasons:

1. Appropriate treatment lowers the risk of suicide;

2. Relief of suffering related to depression, anxiety and stress

3. Protecting work and personal life and function

Mind Body 7 clinicians can help you by evaluating your condition and collaborating with you to help you overcome depression. Our practitioners Peggy Kaplin Zaloga, LMSW, Kaylee Rutchik-Stix, LCSW, Natasha Felton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Beata Lewis, MD specialize in depression treatment.

(If you wish to read some great Recommendations for screening for depression in adults, published in the Journal of the American medical association, follow the link above.)