Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. In fact, depression is the most prevalent mental health disorder. The lifetime risk for depression is 6-25% percent. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 20.9 million American adults (9.5%) suffer from a depressive illness in any given year.
Signs and symptoms of Depression include:
Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression. Help is available. Here at Rockford Memorial Hospital our inpatient Behavioral Medicine Unit provides care and mental health treatment to men and women suffering from severe depression, psychosis, suicidal ideation and other serious mental issues including people with both a mental health and substance abuse issues.
Our unit has 14 adult beds and 10 private rooms. It is staffed by a care team of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, mental health technicians and both recreational and art therapist. If you need help and are seeking admission call 1-815-971-6350 or go to your nearest emergency room.
For outpatient psychiatric services please call 1-815-971-4060
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: www.afs.org
American Association of Suicidology: www.suicidology.org
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