Depression

Gordon Psychology Group

Intensive Outpatient Program & Partial Hospitalization Center located in Laguna Hills, CA

More than 16 million people in the United States grapple with depression, and, all too often, with very serious consequences. At Gordon Psychology Group, Dr. William Gordon and his team believe that connection and engagement are the keys to unlocking depression, helping the disenfranchised become part of the world again. If you or a loved one is fighting depression, and you’re in Laguna Hills, California, call the office or use the online scheduler for compassionate care.

Depression Q & A

Gordon Psychology Group

What is depression?

Depression is a catchall term for a number of mood disorders that affect how you interact with the world around you and how you feel about yourself. In most cases, the team at Gordon Psychology Group diagnoses depression, which is also called major depressive disorder, if you’ve had persistent symptoms for more than two weeks. This type of depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States among 15 to 44 year-olds.

Other types of depression include:

Persistent depressive disorder

This form of the illness is characterized by depressive symptoms that last for two years or more.

Postpartum depression

This type of depression affects women after they’ve given birth. While some depression after childbirth is common, a major depressive episode is something to be concerned about, especially if it persists for more than two weeks after delivery.

Seasonal affective disorder

Also called SAD, this form of depression is tied to the seasons, and mostly afflicts people during the shorter, darker days of winter.

  

What are the symptoms of depression?

While there are several types of depression, they all share common characteristics, such as:

  • Overwhelming feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Lack of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of energy
  • Feeling unfocused
  • Unexplained pain or headaches
  • Sleep issues
  • Appetite problems

In extreme cases, depression leads to suicidal thoughts. Whether your depression is this extreme, the team at Gordon Psychology Group has the tools necessary to stop the downward spiral that can come with depression.

 

How is depression treated?

Dr. Gordon and his team treat depression disorders of every kind, with the goal of arming their patients with evidence-based tools that encourage connection and engagement.

If your depression is severe, they start by breaking the cycle through partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs, which work to reconnect you with yourself and the world around you. From there, the expert staff digs down to uncover the source of your depression and then works with you to reposition the problem in a better light, often through cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies.

They also work on rebuilding your self-esteem and helping you find the confidence to re-enter the world with newfound freedom and serenity.

To break the chains of depression and find more joy in life, call Gordon Psychology Group or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.