Persistent depression can spiral into a sense of despair that you can’t navigate alone. At Coded Healthcare & Behavioral Services, a range of therapeutic solutions are available to bring you out of the darkness, so you can live a more purposeful life. Oladunni Boladale, DNP, PMHNP-BC, and the team have extensive experience managing sadness, hopelessness, guilt, and other depression symptoms with therapy and medications. Medication management is also available to ensure the prescriptions you take are working well to support your mental health. Call the Bolingbrook, Illinois, office today to schedule a depression screening or book an appointment online.

What is depression?

Depression is a chronic mental health disorder that causes persistent sadness, hopelessness, and other symptoms that negatively affect how you feel, think, and behave.

The condition is common in children and adults, especially in those who have a family history of depression. An imbalance in brain chemicals, trauma, and stress can also contribute to depression symptoms.

Coded Healthcare & Behavioral Services provides integrative depression care for adults and kids. The providers offer comprehensive mental health evaluations to assess the severity of depression symptoms. They create a treatment plan to help you feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally and reduce your risk for additional depressive episodes.

When should I schedule a depression evaluation?

Schedule a depression evaluation at Coded Healthcare & Behavioral Services if you or your child experiences persistent symptoms like:

  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Withdrawal from social situations or loved ones
  • Difficulties making decisions or concentrating

If your depression symptoms are severe and you have thoughts of self-harm or suicide, seek immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital emergency room or call 911.

During your initial consultation or following your hospital discharge, the Coded Healthcare & Behavioral Services providers customize a treatment plan to relieve depression symptoms and enhance your overall sense of well-being.

How is depression treated?

Initially, your treatment for depression may include psychotherapy, a form of talk therapy that helps you recognize negative thought patterns and behaviors. Therapy also gives you strategies you can use to improve your quality of life and reduce stress.

If therapy isn’t enough to keep depression under control, you might benefit from prescription antidepressants. The medications work by boosting certain chemicals in your brain so you feel better and have more energy.

Your therapist may also recommend lifestyle and diet changes to improve your mood. They can recommend exercises that clear your mind and breathing techniques to reduce stress. During routine follow-up visits, the providers evaluate the success of your treatment and can make adjustments to your medications as needed.

Call Coded Healthcare & Behavioral Services today to schedule a depression evaluation for yourself or your child. You can also book a mental health evaluation online.