Depression is a serious behavioral health problem that affects people of
all ages and backgrounds. Depression encompasses a range of challenges
that can reduce quality of life and interfere with daily functioning.
Yet, many individuals with depression resist reaching out for help. On
October 6, 2016, behavioral health professionals around the nation are
recognizing National Depression Screening Day to encourage individuals
to explore the available support services in their communities. At University
Hospital and Medical Center, our
behavioral health specialists welcome inquiries from patients and their family members every
day of the year.
The Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Every patient’s experience with depression is unique, but in general,
depression causes long-lasting feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and
hopelessness. Many patients suffer from persistent anxiety, mood swings,
irritability, and either restlessness or fatigue. Depression often involves
physical symptoms, such as unexplained aches and pains, changes in appetite,
and changes in sleep patterns. Along with some of these issues, you might
have experienced a loss of interest in social interaction and your usual
The Importance of Seeking Treatment
Some people with depression feel as though nothing can be done about the
situation. But you should know that help is available. By reaching out
to a behavioral health specialist, you can start getting your life back
on track. As your mental health improves and stabilizes, you may find
yourself surprised at just how many problems depression caused in your
life and how much brighter the future looks now.
The Evaluation Process
There is no single medical test available to confirm the diagnosis of depression.
Instead, a behavioral health provider is likely to begin the evaluation
process with a look at your medical history and your current symptoms.
You will likely be asked to fill out a mental health
questionnaire to assess the depressive symptoms you may have. The physician will consider the severity of your symptoms,
their onset, and the possible triggering events. You might also be evaluated
for co-existing conditions, which may include anxiety disorders, substance
abuse, or personality disorders.
University Hospital and Medical Center, we recognize each individual with behavioral health issues has unique
needs, preferences, and concerns. The multidisciplinary team at the Center
for Behavioral Health at University Pavilion is dedicated to meeting those
needs and providing comprehensive support for youth, adult, and senior
patients. Call a registered nurse at (954) 722-9933 if you have general
questions about our Center for Behavioral Health in Tamarac, FL.