At Integrative Healthcare Center, our depression treatment plans may include:
- Psychotherapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family therapy and interpersonal therapy
- Exercises that can help with prevention and mild-to-moderate symptoms
- Brain stimulation therapies if psychotherapy is not effective, including the revolutionary Deep TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)
- Alternative approaches, including meditation, biofeedback, and nutrition as part of a comprehensive treatment plan
There are over 264 million people with depression worldwide. At IHC, we’re focused on treating one person—you.
What Is Depression?
Depression goes beyond being sad, feeling down or loss of interest—we all feel that way sometimes. Depression is a common term that covers many illnesses, but most typically represents Major Depressive Disorder or Clinical Depression.
The medical definition of depression, according to the American Psychological Association, involves recurrent, severe periods of changes in mood, thought processes and motivation lasting for a minimum of two weeks. Changes in thought processes usually include negative thoughts and hopelessness. Without proper treatment, depressive episodes can last months or years.
6 Surprising Facts About Depression
- Major depression is the #1 cause of disability in the country
- More than 17 million U.S. adults—7% of the population—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year
- Depression affects about one in 15 people
- Women have a higher risk for depression than men; one-third of women will experience a significant episode of depression at some point in their lives
- Nearly one-third of those with major depression have an alcohol problem
- Worldwide, major depression is rated in the same disability category as terminal stage cancer
Types of Depression
- Major Depressive Disorder—The most common type of depression, also called clinical depression, severe depression or major depression, is a mood disorder associated with fatigue, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, difficulty concentrating and suicidal thoughts.
- Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)—Also called dysthymia or chronic depression, this can often be a milder form of depression with similar symptoms to major depression but with episodes lasting at least two years.
- Atypical Depression—People with symptoms of depression, but whose mood can brighten for periods of time
- Postpartum Depression—After childbirth, women can develop depressive symptoms that last up to a year if not treated.
- Bipolar Disorder—Also known as manic depression, this disorder is characterized by severe mood swings from manic highs to the lows of depression.
- Seasonal Depression (SAD)—Typified by depressive symptoms during times of low sunlight, like Winter, but a return to normal feelings when that time is over.
- Psychotic Depression—A subset of major depression that includes some symptoms of psychosis, like hallucinations or delusions.
- Treatment-Resistant Depression—Sometimes, standard treatments for depression may be ineffective with certain people. They may need a combination of treatments. IHC is proud to be one of the few places offering Deep TMS, which is often effective in cases where other treatments do not help.