Everyone feels sad or depressed at times. It's normal to feel depressed when you experience loss, when dealing with life's struggles, or a blow to your self-esteem. Depression becomes a problem when feelings of intense sadness and hopelessness linger and keep you from functioning normally in your daily life.

What is depression?

Not all symptoms of depression are about feeling “blue” or down. Clinical depression is present when you have at least five of the following nine symptoms at the same time:

  • a depressed mood during most of the day, particularly in the morning

  • fatigue or loss of energy almost every day

  • feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day

  • impaired concentration, indecisiveness

  • insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day

  • markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day

  • recurring thoughts of death or suicide(not just a fear of death)

  • a sense of restlessness or of despondency

  • significant weight loss or gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month)

There are various levels of depression. It can be chronic, slowing down the person’s life, interfering with health and well-being and creating problems with work and relationships. Depression can be very serious, with the person so distraught that he or she can attempt to harm him or herself or others. Recurring negative moods indicate a real physiological imbalance. Frontal EEG asymmetry is considered an indicator for mood disorders along with neurotransmitter irregularities.

Comprehensive Services offers a range of treatments for depression, including counseling, medication, and/or neurofeedback. Call our intake department today at 614-442-0664, and let us find the right solution for you!