Depressive Disorders

According to reports by Mental Health America, in the US, major depression affects 21M (8%) adults each year, and 15% of youth (ages 12-17) are affected by major depression. Yet, only about 1/3 of people who suffer with depression seek treatment.

What is Depression?

Depression is a serious mood disorder, often characterized by persistently negative mood, changes in sleep and eating patterns, sadness, and loss of interest in activities. These symptoms affect how someone feels, thinks, and acts, often causing significant impairment in someone's life. Additional symptoms may include changes in energy level, concentration, social relationships, and/or self-esteem. Women are at a higher risk for developing depressive disorders.

The three most common types of depression are:

  1. Major Depressive Disorder 

  2. Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

  3. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

There are two different types of depressive conditions that are influenced by reproductive hormones:

  • Perinatal Depression

This includes depressive episodes during pregnancy and/or in the first year after delivery (postpartum depression).

  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

This is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome.


Although we treat a variety of mental illnesses at HopeWay, Depressive Disorders are the most common. 60% of our clients have a depressive disorder either as a primary or co-occurring disorder



Silent Images has just showcased a video series on mental health called "Compass & Light". This is the clip on depression:


Treatment for Depression

Outpatient and Inpatient Treatment for Depression Available