Feeling sad, alone or discouraged is a normal reaction to a major loss or disappointment. However, a blue period that won’t let up or keeps coming back may be a sign of depression. Depression, an illness that involves changes in the brain's chemicals, affects how you feel, think and act, and can leave you feeling worthless and unable to cope.
It is important to treat depression because early treatment may keep depression from becoming more severe or chronic. The risk of suicide increases when depression is not treated, and treatment can prevent recurrences of depression.
Effective treatments for depression include individual counseling, medication and group therapy. The Village’s professional counselors provide individual counseling and can make referrals to a psychiatrist or physician if they think an anti-depressant medication might be helpful.
For more information or to make an appointment to see a counselor, contact The Village Family Service Center.