Behavioral Medicine


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:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.

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 Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue 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

Helpful Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Institute of Mental Health:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

American Association of Suicidology: