What is depression?
Depression is a disease that makes you sad, but is different from normal sadness and lasts more than two weeks. Depression can make it hard to do activities such as working, studying or everyday tasks. Depressed people may have a hard time enjoying the things they used to like doing and/or feel down, hopeless or cranky most of the day. Depression is common and affects men and women of all ages.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression can make you:
- Sleep too much or too little
- Feel tired or like you have no energy
- Gain or lose weight
- Forget things
- Feel angry
- Have aches and pains
- Think about death or suicide
What is the treatment for depression?
Visit Healthcare Clinic if you think you might be depressed. You and your healthcare provider will work to choose a treatment plan that is right for you. Medications* and counseling both take a little while to start working.
For many people, medicines start to help within two weeks but it may take between four-to-eight weeks to see the full effect. Some of these medications can cause side effects or be harmful for unborn babies so it is important to work with your clinician. Working with a counselor also takes a few weeks or up to 10 weeks to begin to feel better.
Our nurse practitioners and physician assistants can work with you to find the treatment that is right for you. They can also help you cope or find other medications or counseling that can help you.
See someone right away, if you want to hurt or kill yourself by calling your doctor or nurse and telling them it is urgent, call 911, go to a local emergency room or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 years and older.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
1 Prescriptions written when clinically appropriate. Patients have a choice of pharmacy.
2 Service is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.