More than sadness and grief, the flatness and emptiness of Depression can interfere significantly with your life. Significant loss, chronic stress, even illness can leave you filled with doubt and darkness. You may find it difficult to think clearly, move easily, and sometimes, even to feel anything at all. The past is unexplainable, the present is unacceptable, and the future is invisible.
Depression (Major Depressive Disorder) is one of the most common psychological complaints, with fully 20% of Americans suffering from it sometime during their life. It is a physical illness, and one of the most lethal. Approximately 15% of those who develop Major Depressive Disorder die. The incredibly sad part is that they die by their own hand.
Depression is also a very treatable illness: 80% of people can find at least some relief. Even after the great deal of research time and effort expended over the last 30 years, a clear understanding of exactly what causes depression still is not fully understood. What is known is that there is breakdown in the normal neurotransmitter systems of certain parts of the brain. Some systems become significantly more sensitive to stimulation while others extremely less so. Treatments are designed to help get these systems back to normal function. Psychotherapy along with medication, TMS, or other medical treatments can give you your life back.