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Depression

Depression is an all-encompassing group of symptoms that interferes with your ability to live life to the fullest. It is a biological, physiological and environmental disease that causes chemical changes in your brain.

These shifts in brain chemistry make you feel differently than you normally do. Depression is a debilitating total body experience. You might experience a lack of energy and no longer be interested in activities that used to make you happy. In short, depression steals your joy.

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Sleep changes (too much or too little)
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Lack of energy
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Changes in appetite
  • Periods of lifelessness or agitation
  • Suicidal feelings

At Indiana University Health, we work with you to help you understand why you think, act and feel the way you do. Many factors can trigger depressive feelings. This might include a physical illness, loss of a spouse or developmental changes, like those in adolescence or later in life.

Our professionals provide psychiatric and psychological counseling, medicine and therapies to assist patients in their recovery from depression. Worldwide, depression is the leading cause of disability, according to the World Health Organization. Depression affects everyone differently. It is very important for you to talk with your physician and discuss which individual symptoms bother you the most. If ignored, depression can lead to more serious issues later in life.

IU Health providers and therapists work in the hospital as well as at outpatient clinics. We are highly trained and certified to guide you toward the best treatment for your specific symptoms. Your treatment plan may combine medication with other therapies.

We are leading mental health experts in new research, techniques and complementary treatments, as well as individual, group and cognitive therapy. We put this knowledge together to give you the tools you need to make positive changes in your life so you can feel like you again.

In addition, our affiliation with Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry gives us access to the latest and most innovative research on mental health treatment options. We are a leader in providing repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy (rTMS) for depression.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Depression Treatment Information

IU Health Behavioral Health providers and therapists use a multidisciplinary approach that combines therapies, medications and complementary treatments to help you overcome depression.


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