At some point, everyone experiences a dampening of their mood, such as sadness, grief or disappointment. However, when these feelings of depression persist, it can interfere with one’s ability to function. Depression may become so severe that keeping up with normal activities becomes unmanageable. Individuals may isolate from loved ones, feel sadness for most of the day, lose interest in once pleasurable activities, experience significant grief, feel guilty, and may even feel suicidal.

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness. There are different types of depression, including major depression, bipolar disorder, and dysthymia. Each of these varies in severity and symptoms. Depression develops from a complex interaction between an individual’s mind, body and life situation. Genetic makeup and health can precipitate the development of depressive symptoms, and in some families, depression can occur from generation to generation. One’s childhood experiences and social environment may influence the development of depression. For instance, loss of loved ones and conflict with others can be especially difficult. Lastly, neurological physiology, such as neurotransmitter balance, plays a major role in brain function and depression. Understanding and identifying the actual causes of depression are important aspects of therapy.

Depression symptoms:

  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of interest in activities or relationships
  • Appetite changes and/or weight changes
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Decreased ability to concentrate
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Frequent variation in mood
  • Irritability, frustration and anger
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of grief and loss
  • Persistent physical symptoms that is not due to a medical condition, such as headache, digestive issues, and chronic pain.
  • Substance abuse

Depression Treatment

Engaging in counseling with a therapist has been shown to be an effective therapy for depression. Dr. Mazzei, a depression specialist and clinical psychologist, takes a comprehensive and holistic approach depression treatment. The goal of therapy is to help individuals identify the causes of their depression, to develop the necessary skills to cope with depression, and to foster positive life changes. Receiving therapy from someone trained to help facilitate appropriate changes in thinking, emotions, behavior, lifestyle and in relationships can alleviate depression. Dr. Mazzei integrates different treatment approaches, depending on your particular needs. Depression therapy includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and biofeedback. Dr. Mazzei also incorporates lifestyle guidance, so you not only overcome your depression, but can go on to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.

Working together, Dr. Mazzei and you will develop personalized strategies for coping with your emotional challenges and find the solutions you need for a better life.

How do I get started?

The best place to start is by speaking to our staff, who can discuss depression treatment, answer any questions about the process, and schedule a confidential appointment with Dr. Mazzei. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call or contact us today.

Connect With Us

Evolutions Behavioral Health is conveniently located at 1827 Walden Office Square, Suite 250, Schaumburg, IL. You can reach us at 847-386-8829.