Depression & Mood Disorders

DepreSsion & Mood Disorders

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Depression is a medical illness.

Depression and other mood disorders affect your mood, concentration, activity level, interests, appetite, social behavior and physical health. They are very real and can have very serious consequences to your health, relationships, career and your ability to enjoy life. Unfortunately, mood disorders are now the leading cause of illness and disability worldwide. The good news is, they are also very treatable.


Depression is common but misunderstood.

Although depression is a very common disease affecting more than 300 million people worldwide each year, it remains misunderstood and stigmatized in general. Many still believe that depression is simply a mood that can be “snapped out of” through positive thinking, prayer, exercise, other healthy lifestyle adaptations or a combination of these. 

While wellness and self-care are key components to an individual’s treatment and continued recovery, the truth is that depression is a serious health condition that needs a personalized treatment plan. The toll on the individual with depression can be huge, affecting a person’s ability to function at work, school, socially and in relationships. Depression has been associated with increased heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, chronic pain, thyroid conditions and more. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. As debilitating as depression can be, it is a highly treatable disease. The vast majority of those who suffer from it can be effectively treated and return to a normal life, doing all of their regular activities free from the crippling effects of the disease. 


Getting Help

Pine Rest provides treatment for depression and other mood disorders at all levels of care, including support and therapy groups, outpatient counseling and therapy, walk-in urgent care, partial hospitalization (day) programs and inpatient hospitalization. Our clinicians are trained to provide many different psychotherapy treatments including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT). We also offer specialty neuromodulation techniques that use electrical or magnetic currents to stimulate or alter brain activity.

Outpatient Services

With one call to 866.852.4001, we can help you determine the outpatient services you or your loved one may need and assist you with understanding your insurance benefit.

Crisis Services

Wondering if urgent care or hospitalization services are necessary? Give us a call at 800.678.5500. Our licensed clinicians are experienced in identifying warning signs and assessing an individual’s situation, and they are available 24/7. 

No one has to face depression alone. Seeking help doesn’t have to be scary! Our clinicians provide counseling, therapy, consultation and specialty services for depression to people of all ages in convenient, welcoming environments.

Pine Rest is an associate member of the National Network of Depression Centers.

Resources for Professionals

We can guide you or your patient through the process of inquiry, assessment and admission to the most appropriate level of care. We will assist with understanding insurance benefits, explain what other sources of funding might be available and qualify your patient for treatment.

Professional Education

Pine Rest offers many continuing educational opportunities for staff and community practitioners to promote clinical excellence and excellent care for everyone in the communities we serve.

Training Programs

We offer programs for students in all stages of their medical education including individuals in their residency or medical school or pursuing a degree as a nurse, pharmacist or physician assistant.

Resources for Employers

Depression’s annual toll on businesses in the United States amounts to about $210.5 billion in medical expenditures, lost productivity and other costs. Of those costs, $98.9 billion were direct medical costs and $78.7 billion were due to “presenteeism” where employees have poorer on-the-job performance due to symptoms that sap energy, affect work habits, cause problems with concentration, memory and decision making. (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2015)

You can help support employee health and wellness with an Employee Assistance Program, through which employees can receive confidential, comprehensive assessment and therapy at no cost to them in addition to many other services for your employees and leadership.

Pine Rest provides Employee Assistance Programs and can tailor packages for schools and churches, too.

Understanding Depression 

This free publication explores what clinical depression is, its different types, causes, typical warning signs, treatment options and more.

Recognizing depression as soon as it occurs and seeking help from your doctor is important. With prompt treatment, a depressed person can return to a happier life and healthier outlook on life.

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