Help and Hope for Depression


  • Do you have problems sleeping or do you sleep too much?
  • Do you feel exhausted, worthless or hopeless?
  • Is it difficult for you to make decisions or to concentrate?
  • Do you feel sad most of the time?

A "yes" answer may indicate that you have clinical depression, a serious but treatable disorder that affects more than 10 percent of Americans.

What is Depression?

Clinical or major depression is more than just the temporary "blues." It affects our mood, our body and our thoughts. Symptoms include problems in eating, sleeping and concentrating; interfering with relationships, ability to work and overall functioning. Worse, it can rob your ability to experience pleasure and sense of hope.

Depression is not a character flaw, nor can it be willed away. Left untreated, symptoms can last for weeks, months or years. With appropriate treatment, however, most people with depression can achieve a full recovery.

What You Can Do

Research indicates that psychotherapy when combined with medication is the most effective way to treat clinical depression.

Heather Kitchen, LCSW, specializes in therapy to correct the negative thoughts and behaviors that lead to depression. To ensure comprehensive, effective care, Heather works closely with physicians who may prescribe medication when appropriate for treating the disorder.

Remember, depression is very treatable. Don't wait to get help if you feel
you may be depressed—your well-being may depend on it.