Depression

Treatment for Depression

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.

Recognizing the Signs
The signs and symptoms of depression vary by gender and age. The links on the right will take you to checklists that will help you determine if depression may be the issue.

Call The Village Family Service Center
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. The Village also provides a Mind Over Mood group for adults struggling with depression and/or anxiety.

For more information or to make an appointment to see a counselor, 
contact
The Village Family Service Center.

Links

The National Institute of Mental Health
Mental Health Association of North Dakota
Mental Health Association of Minnesota 

 
 
Depression in Women
Warning signs of depression in women may include:
1.
Sadness or irritability
 
2.
Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
 
3.
Changes in weight or appetite
 
4.
Change in sleeping patterns.
 
5.
Persistent feelings of guilt
 
6.
Inability to concentrate, remember things or make decisions
 
7.
Fatigue and loss of energy
 
8.
Restlessness or a decrease in activity that has been noticed by others
 
9.
Feeling hopeless and worthless
 
10.
Thoughts of suicide or death
 
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from depression. Call your physician or contact The Village Family Service Center. If you are considering suicide, call 911 immediately.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from depression. Call your physician or contact The Village Family Service Center. If you are considering suicide, call 911 immediately.
 
Depression in Men
When men are depressed, they may exhibit some or all of the following symptoms and/or behaviors.
1.
Become angry and frustrated
 
2.
Behave violently
 
3.
Take serious risks, such as reckless driving and extramarital sex
 
4.
Avoid family, friends and pleasurable activities
 
5.
Sadness or irritability
 
6.
Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
 
7.
Changes in weight or appetite
 
8.
Change in sleeping patterns.
 
9.
Persistent feelings of guilt
 
10.
Inability to concentrate, remember things or make decisions
 
11.
Fatigue and loss of energy
 
12.
Restlessness or a decrease in activity that has been noticed by others
 
13.
Feeling hopeless and worthless
 
14.
Thoughts of suicide or death
 
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from depression. Call your physician or contact The Village Family Service Center. If you are considering suicide, call 911 immediately.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from depression. Call your physician or contact The Village Family Service Center. If you are considering suicide, call 911 immediately.
 
Depression in Children
The warning signs of depression in children may include:
1.
Increased irritability, anger or hostility
 
2.
Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure.
 
3.
Change in sleep habits
 
4.
Change in appetite
 
5.
Social isolation
 
6.
Persistent boredom, low energy
 
7.
Decreased interest in activities
 
8.
Physical complaints of stomachaches or headaches that don’t respond to treatment
 
9.
Frequent absences from school or decrease in school performance
 
10.
Frequent sadness and crying
 
11.
Feeling fearful
 
12.
Thoughts or expressions about death and/or suicide
 
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from depression. Call your physician or contact The Village Family Service Center. If you are considering suicide, call 911 immediately.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from depression. Call your physician or contact The Village Family Service Center. If you are considering suicide, call 911 immediately.
 
Depression in Adolescents
The warning signs of depression in adolescents may include:
1.
Poor performance in school
 
2.
Withdrawal from friends and activities
 
3.
Sadness and hopelessness
 
4.
Lack of enthusiasm, energy or motivation
 
5.
Anger and rage
 
6.
Overreaction to criticism
 
7.
Feelings of being unable to satisfy ideals
 
8.
Poor self-esteem or guilt
 
9.
Indecision, lack of concentration or forgetfulness
 
10.
Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
 
11.
Substance abuse
 
12.
Problems with authority
 
13.
Suicidal thoughts or actions
 
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from depression. Call your physician or contact The Village Family Service Center. If you are considering suicide, call 911 immediately.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from depression. Call your physician or contact The Village Family Service Center. If you are considering suicide, call 911 immediately.