Assessing Depression

Clinician Administered Assessment Receiving a formal assessment from a medical or mental health professional is the gold standard for making a diagnosis of depression and there are several important reasons a professional evaluation may be helpful:   Depressive symptoms may be caused by other factors that a professional can rule out. A professional is uniquely […]

Depression Causes

Causes Most likely, depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Depressive illnesses are disorders of the brain. Brain-imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have shown that the brains of people who have depression look different than those of people without depression. The parts of the brain involved […]

Depression: Treatment – Exercise

Overview. Many people are familiar with the idea that exercise is good for health. The benefits of exercise for heart health, maintaining a healthy weight and managing diabetes are well established. What some people may not know is that exercise is also good for the brain and can help improve mood. Exercise can have antidepressant […]

Depression: Treatment – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


Overview.  Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely-researched therapies for depression. It was initially developed in the late 1970’s for depression and has since been expanded and adapted to treat a variety of mental and behavioral health problems including anxiety, substance use and even schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Some other therapies including […]

Depression: Suicide

Overview. Suicide is a tragic outcome for some people who experience depression.  Many people who attempt or die by suicide do so in response to symptoms of depression, which can generate a sense of profound hopelessness.  Having thoughts of being better off dead or of wanting to kill oneself is called suicidal ideation and is […]