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“Major depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. It is a serious medical illness that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health. Each year, depression affects 5-8% of adults in the United States.” – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Depression can occur in children, adolescents, and adults. Here are some things to look for.

It involves some combination of the following symptoms in adults:

  • Depressed Mood (Sadness)
  • Poor Concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Appetite Disturbances
  • Excessive Guilt and Thoughts of Suicide

Studies have shown that on any single day, about 2% of school-aged children and about 8% of adolescents meet the criteria for major depression.

Depression in children and adolescents may appear like:

  • Persistently Sad or Blue
  • Talking About Suicide or Being “Better off Dead”
  • Suddenly Much More Irritable
  • Marked Deterioration in School or Home Functioning
  • Persistent Physical Complaints and/or Making Many Visits to School Nurses
  • Not Doing Previously Pleasurable Activities or Socializing with Friends
  • Abusing Substances*

At Riverwalk Counseling Center, we help those impacted by depression through:

  • A Thorough Intake Assessment
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Encouragement of Social Contacts, Exercise, Improved Nutrition
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Art Therapy/Poetry Therapy
  • Coordination with Psychiatrist/Prescribing Physician/Schools (If Requested)
  • Continuous Risk Assessments and Monitoring
  • Family Involvement
  • Assessments for Co-occurring Issue with Substance Use

We also treat bi-polar disorder, anxiety disorders and schizoaffective disorders.

You don’t have to suffer alone. Whether it’s you or someone you love, we can help. Contact us for a thorough intake assessment and let the healing begin.

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