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Linda Berlin, Psy.D.

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Psychological Associates

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Boca Raton, FL 33433

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Depression

 

By: Linda Berlin, Psy.D., R.N., Clinical Director

 

Who Gets Depression?

Depression is a very common illness which affects approximately 1 in 20 Americans each year.  The good news is that depression is very treatable. Typically the cycle for a depressive episode is approximately 6-9 months. Most likely, without treatment, you will recover from depression within that time frame.  However, with the proper treatment, recovery can occur much more quickly.  In fact, successful treatment can eliminate your depressive symptoms and restore you to your normal life within 6-8 weeks.

How Do I Know If I Have a Clinical Depression?

The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) lists nine symptoms for major depression. If at least 5 of the symptoms listed below, including depressed mood or loss of interest in activities are present for 2 weeks or longer without physical cause, you should contact a health care practitioner immediately.

  • Are you feeling sad, empty, down in the dumps?

  • Have you lost interest/pleasure in those activities which were previously enjoyable?

  • Do you have a change in appetite (eating more or less, gaining or losing weight)?

  • Do you have a change in your sleep patterns (sleeping too much or insomnia)?

  • Are you frequently tired or feeling fatigued?

  • Are you experiencing a loss of motivation?

  • Do you have trouble concentrating, making decisions?

  • Do you feel worthless or excessively guilty?

  • Do you have recurrent thoughts of death, suicide?

What Types of Treatments Are Available?

Current research indicates that the most effective treatment for depression is a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant medication.  Many clients are concerned about the use of medication.  Common concerns include fears of becoming addicted and/or being "too drugged to be able to function."  Fortunately, in fact, antidepressants are non-addictive and side effects are minimal, very temporary and usually are limited to mild insomnia.  Of course, should you decide that medication is not an option for you, your wishes will be completely respected.

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Dr. Linda Berlin is the Director of Linda Berlin, Psy.D. & Psychological Associates. She has been working in the Coral Springs community for over 15 years.  Dr. Berlin is also a registered nurse and was an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University.  To learn more about Dr. Berlin click here. For any other information you may need, Dr. Berlin can be reached at (954) 227-2700 or (561) 347-0997.

 

Read Dr. Berlin's article on Life Coaching.

Read Dr. Berlin's article Treatment of Anxiety & Panic Attacks.

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