Depression Resources and Clinical Trials on Depression
Depression is a very common mood disorder that affects almost 20% of the population at some point during their lifetime. It involves more than simply feeling sad because of life events. In order to be diagnosed with clinical depression requiring treatment, the symptoms must be more severe than regular sadness and must persist for two weeks or longer. When a person is depressed, the symptoms impair his or her ability to perform at work or interact socially.
Depression is also usually accompanied by other symptoms including a loss of interest in things the person usually finds enjoyable, insomnia or oversleeping, loss of appetite, weight loss or weight gain, feelings of helplessness, difficulty concentrating, feelings of guilt, anxiety or fatigue and suicidal thoughts. Not everyone experiences all of these symptoms, but these are some of the most common.
There is no known single cause of depression. Both environmental and genetic factors are thought to be involved.
Fortunately, treatment is available for depression and our experienced physicians can provide depression treatment at our Kelowna facility. There are several treatment options, but a combination of medication and cognitive-behaviour therapy is generally the most effective. After a thorough assessment, we will discuss all options before deciding which one will be most effective for you.
We are pleased to bring you a personal diary on depression.
Current Research Trial. (More information.)
Depression Resource Links
- About Depression
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Direct Depression information Centre
- Mood Disorders Society of Canada
- National Foundation for Depressive Illness
- Okanagan Suicide Awareness Society
- Help for Depression