Monday, April 16th:

The Westgate Mall has been affected by one of the city’s power outages, so the office will be closed for the afternoon. We will be answering e-mail and phone Tuesday morning once power has been restored. Thank you!

Depression Clinic

Depression Symptoms

Not everyone who is depressed experiences all of the symptoms of depressions. Frequently symptoms will wax and wane over time. Some people may experience a few of the symptoms, others may experience most or all of the symptoms. An assessment with a qualified professional is required to make the diagnosis of depression.

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain

Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • The depressive episodes regularly occur at a particular time of the year (e.g. fall or winter)
  • The regular pattern is not caused by obvious seasonal psychosocial stressors (e.g. unemployed in winter)
  • Full remission of the depression at a characteristic time of the year (depression disappears in the spring)
  • The seasonal episodes substantially outnumber the non-seasonal episodes in a person’s lifetime
  • Seasonal patterns in the past 2 years with no non-seasonal patterns in the past 2 years

Manic Symptoms

  • Abnormal or excessive elation
  • Unusual irritability
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Grandiose notions
  • Increased talking
  • Racing thoughts
  • Increased sexual desire
  • Markedly increased energy
  • Poor judgment
  • Inappropriate social behavior
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