Serving Reading, PA | 610-372-8822
244 North Fifth St
Reading, PA 19601
Counseling Adults, Adolescents and Children Towards Healthier Living Since 1985
Everyone occasionally feels sad or blue, but these feelings are usually
fleeting and pass within a couple of days. When a person has a depressive
disorder, it interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain
for both the person with the disorder and those who care about them.
Depression can occur as a result of trauma, loss of a loved one, being
involved in a difficult or abusive relationship or being part of a stressful
Anyone can suffer from depression, however, depression is more common
with women then among men. Children can also suffer from depression. A
child with depression may pretend to be sick, refuse to go to school, cling
to a parent, or worry their parent(s) may die. Other children may sulk, get
into trouble at school or be negative an irritable.
Feelings of emptiness
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
Insomnia, fatigue and decreased energy
Loss of interest in activities that was once pleasurable
Thoughts of suicide
Overeating or loss of appetite
Difficulty remembering details
Persistent pains including headaches
Unable to perform usual daily activities
Depression, even in the most severe cases, is a highly treatable disorder. As with many illnesses, the earlier the treatment begins, the more effective it is and the greater the likelihood a recurrence can be prevented.
The first step is to seek help by contacting a doctor for a complete evaluation. During the initial visit, a staff clinician will conduct a complete diagnostic evaluation and then develop treatment method to address your personal needs. In most cases, medication or psychotherapy (talk therapy) or a combination of both will be suggested.
If you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, please call our office today so we can evaluate your situation and start you on the right path to a renewed life today.