Depression is a mental disorder affecting more than 264 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The severity of the symptoms can vary. But regardless of their rigor, depression significantly impacts your work or school performance, family and personal relationships, sleeping and eating patterns, and general health. Our staff at Ear to Ear Behavioral Health Solutions can help prevent, diagnose, and treat depression in Chicago, IL, for those seeking happiness and healing. Contact us immediately if you feel persistent sadness, notice yourself eating less than usual, exhibit changes in your sleeping patterns, or have increased thoughts of suicide or harm.
Depression Treatment Options
Depression often results from genetics, childhood traumas, chronic health conditions, cancer, or other health problems. At Ear to Ear Behavioral Health Solutions, we identify the cause of your symptoms and customize a treatment plan to help you come out of the darkness and into the light. We treat depression with various methods, including antidepressants, which help modify brain chemistry, lifestyle modifications (healthy diet and sleep regimen), and cognitive behavioral therapy to turn negative thoughts into optimistic ones.
Your treatment plan for depression may also include self-help strategies for easing mild symptoms. For example, support groups can help you relate to others and ensure you aren't alone in recovery. Similarly, self-help books may teach healthy coping mechanisms, and journaling may lessen the load on your chest. If you struggle with severe depressive symptoms, you may benefit from in-patient therapy.
Begin Your Treatment Journey Today
Our doctor may recommend a diagnostic evaluation for depression which documents your symptoms, family history, and lifestyle choices if you've lost interest in or the capacity to enjoy activities you once enjoyed, have become preoccupied with intrusive thoughts, or have concerns about your mental or physical health. Please visit our website to learn more about the conditions we treat and the services provided. For more information about depression, or to schedule an appointment with our staff at Ear to Ear Behavioral Health Solutions in Chicago, IL, call (708) 586-8940.