Westchester Health Tackles Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. For many people, depression significantly limits their ability to feel happiness, maintain relationships, achieve goals and fully live their lives.

Depression can interfere with sleeping, eating, exercise and working, and if not treated, it can lead to drug and alcohol dependency, other serious health conditions, suicidal thoughts and even death.

At Westchester Health, we take a comprehensive approach to screening patients for depression and treating your depression.

  • We screen all of our patients during their wellness visits.
  • We screen new moms for postpartum depression at their postpartum visit with their obstetrician and at the baby’s well visits with their pediatrician.
  • We also screen adolescents for depression at their well visits.

Think you might be depressed? Signs and symptoms of depression*

Recognizing depression can be difficult because the signs aren’t always obvious. Some people experience only a few symptoms while others may experience several. If you have been experiencing some of the following symptoms nearly every day, for at least two weeks or longer, you may be suffering from depression.

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Loss of interest/pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Fatigue/decreased energy
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless, having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, waking or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches, pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not respond to treatment

Treatment and therapies*

Fortunately, depression can be treated, even the most severe cases. As with many health conditions, the earlier treatment can begin, the more effective it is. At Westchester Health, we realize that most cases of depression are diagnosed and treated by a person’s primary care physician. Our physicians work closely with mental health professionals to ensure you receive the best care possible as soon as possible.

Depression is usually treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. If these treatments do not prove effective, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and/or other brain stimulation therapies may be successful.

Know when to seek professional help

If you think you might have depression, call us at (914) 232-1919 to schedule an appointment with your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, we will help you find one. If you are thinking about committing suicide or otherwise harming yourself, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room for immediate evaluation and treatment. The resources below are also available, many of them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Helpful resources

  • Postpartum Support International
    (800) 944-4PPD (4773)
    postpartum.net
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    (800) SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
    (800) 273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
    TTY: (800) 799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)
    www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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Are you suffering from depression? Please come see us.

At Westchester Health, we strongly believe that your mental health is a very important part of your overall health. If you are experiencing depression, please contact us. We are here to listen and to assist you in finding the help you need so you can start feeling better soon. To find the Westchester Health office closest to you, click here or call (914) 232-1919. Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.

*Source: National Institute of Mental Health

By Westchester Health, member of Northwell Health Physician Partners

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