It is normal to feel blue once in a while. You might be sad if things are not going well at work, if you recently lost a loved one or you are stressed out by your relationship. But there is a difference between sadness and depression. Depression is an illness that can last months or even years.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, nearly 1 out of 10 adults suffers from depression each year. Women are affected twice as much as men. You might be reluctant to seek help for depression, and think that your mood will improve eventually. But depression is a serious illness that should be treated. How can you tell if the sadness you are feeling is temporary or a sign of something more serious?
You may be depressed if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- changes in sleeping patterns, such as insomnia or sleeping more than usual
- difficulty making decisions
- suicidal thoughts
The Tranquility Outpatient Partial Hospitalization Program at Baptist Behavioral Health Center offers a free and confidential assessment to anyone interested in exploring treatment options for mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, mood swings, hallucinations and paranoia.
Our dedicated and caring professionals provide support in difficult times. We offer a variety of treatment methods such as individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Free transportation to and from the program is offered within the Golden Triangle Area. The program is open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information about the Tranquility Outpatient Partial Hospitalization Program, visit www.bhset.net or call (409) 211-7000.