Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 16 million American adults every year, 6.7% of all U.S. adults1. Often a debilitating disorder, depression results in a persistent state of sadness or loss of interest or pleasure which interferes with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, and physical health. Learn more about depression symptoms to see if you think depression may be affecting you or a loved one.
While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that depression is caused by decreased activity in the neural networks of the brain that regulate emotion and motivation. Increasing levels of neurotransmitters in the brain has been found to reactivate these neural networks, or create new networks. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells. Depression is most often treated with antidepressant medications. It is believed that antidepressant medications work by increasing the levels of these neurotransmitters. Learn about depression treatment options.
More than 4 million patients do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressants and/or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them. For these patients, they need a new way back. Associated Behavioral Health Care has been dedicated to fighting depression and helping bring the sunshine back into the lives of our patients around the Seattle area for decades. With groundbreaking treatments like TMS therapy, patients have been able to achieve remission from depression, without any of the typical side affects of other depression treatments. TMS is medication free, safe, effective, and is covered by most insurances. Contact one of our offices in North Seattle, West Seattle, Kent and Bellevue to learn more about depression treatments near you!
- Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD.