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At WellKC, we are here to care for your physical health AND your mental health. And when you are feeling down or depressed, we are here for you. We can help with medication and non-medication treatment options, and we can connect you with appropriate resources (such as therapy, support groups, or psychiatry specialists) as needed. We are here whenever you need us with convenient virtual appointments, and we always have same-day appointments available for urgent needs. 


If you are ever having thoughts of harming yourself or others, please seek emergency help right away. You can call or text the Suicide and Crisis Helpline at 988 to speak with someone 24/7. 

Understanding Depression Depression is more than just feeling sad; it is a persistent and pervasive mood disorder that can interfere with daily life. Symptoms: Common symptoms include persistent sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, and difficulty concentrating. Causes: Depression can result from a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Trauma, stress, and imbalances in brain chemistry are also contributing factors. Treatment Options: Depression is treatable, and various approaches, including psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle changes, can be effective. Seeking professional help is crucial for accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plans.

Managing Depression ​ Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential for managing and alleviating symptoms of depression. Here are some lifestyle tips and recommendations to promote positive mental wellbeing: Regular Exercise: Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine, such as walking, jogging, or yoga. Exercise releases endorphins, which can help improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression. Balanced Diet: Consume a nutritious and well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Nutrient-dense foods can positively impact brain function and overall well-being. Adequate Sleep: Establish a consistent sleep schedule by aiming for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. Lack of sleep can exacerbate depressive symptoms, so prioritizing a good night's rest is crucial. Mindfulness and Meditation: Practice mindfulness meditation or deep-breathing exercises to help manage stress and promote a sense of calm. Mindfulness techniques can enhance self-awareness and reduce the impact of negative thoughts. Social Connection: Foster positive social connections by spending time with friends, family, or joining support groups. Social interactions can provide emotional support and reduce feelings of isolation. Limit Alcohol and Caffeine: Moderating the intake of alcohol and caffeine can positively influence mood. Excessive consumption may disrupt sleep patterns and contribute to feelings of anxiety and restlessness. Set Realistic Goals: Break down tasks into smaller, achievable goals. Celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small, to build a sense of achievement and boost self-esteem. Engage in Hobbies: Pursue activities that bring joy and fulfillment. Hobbies provide a healthy distraction and promote a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Sunlight Exposure: Spend time outdoors to benefit from natural sunlight. Sunlight exposure helps regulate the body's circadian rhythm and can improve mood. Therapeutic Practices: Consider engaging in therapy or counseling. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other therapeutic approaches can provide valuable tools for managing depressive symptoms. Limit Screen Time: Be mindful of excessive screen time, especially on social media. Limiting exposure to negative content and focusing on positive and uplifting information can support mental well-being. Establish Routine: Create a daily routine that includes regular meal times, exercise, and sleep. A structured routine can provide stability and a sense of control. Express Yourself: Journaling, art, or other forms of self-expression can be therapeutic. Expressing your thoughts and feelings in a creative way can contribute to emotional release and self-discovery. Remember, these lifestyle tips are general recommendations. It is important for individuals experiencing symptoms of depression to seek professional help for a personalized evaluation and treatment plan tailored to their specific needs. Reach out to us at WellKC for a thorough and compassionate consultation any time.

Depression Statistics Global Prevalence: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression globally. National Impact: In the United States, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that approximately 21 million adults (aged 18 and older) experience at least one major depressive episode annually. Age and Gender Disparities: Depression can affect individuals across all age groups, but it is more prevalent in women than men. Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression, according to the NIMH. Economic Burden: Depression poses a significant economic burden. The World Economic Forum estimates that mental health conditions, including depression, will cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030. Impact on Workforce: Depression affects work productivity and absenteeism. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) reports that depression is a leading cause of disability, impacting an individual's ability to perform daily tasks and maintain employment.



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