Experts in Treating Depression

While most people experience sadness or depression at some point in their life, severe depression is much more than just feeling blue. Severe depression can make it difficult to function and enjoy life; it can make simply living your life challenging and overwhelming. At The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt, we understand how difficult it is to battle depression.

When you suffer from depression, feelings of emptiness, helplessness, worthlessness, despair, anger, and restlessness are common, and can interfere with your ability to work, sleep, eat, or enjoy life. But how do you know when it is time to get help? Signs and symptoms of depression can include:

  • Feelings of sadness or extreme unhappiness

  • Difficulty managing outbursts or feelings of irritability

  • Frequently overreacting to small problems

  • Loss of interest in normal activities or fun

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping

  • Lack of energy, feelings of tiredness

  • Changes in appetite, leading to weight loss or gain

  • Feelings of anxiety and worry

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

  • Trouble concentrating and making decisions

  • Suicidal thoughts (may even have attempted suicide)

  • Physical problems, such as headaches

Many life events and stressors can contribute to both the onset and the persistence of depression. Among our residents, we often see triggering events such as:

  • Transitioning to college

  • Starting a career or getting a job

  • Marital problems

  • Difficulties related to parenting

  • Managing life as an empty nester

  • Grief over the loss of a loved one

  • Retirement

  • Changes that accompany the aging process

  • Co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders


Treatment-Resistant Depression

When depression does not improve with treatment, it is known as treatment-resistant depression. Many of our residents seek out The Retreat’s expertise to tackle their treatment-resistant depression.

Specialized Care for Depression at The Retreat

The treatment of complex and treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders, such as depression, requires specialized care and attention. The physicians and therapists of The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt provide a personalized approach to care and unsurpassed attention to comfort, privacy, and individualized treatment. The result is confidence that an individual’s life can truly be turned around.

We design a treatment plan to fit each individual resident. At The Retreat, we’re known for success with our individualized assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of some of the most challenging disorders. A hand-selected team guides the care of each resident, collaborating to craft a custom-tailored and highly personalized plan for therapy and treatment. Our psychiatrists are directly involved in leading each resident’s treatment team and meet with their respective residents one-on-one for a minimum of three sessions per week. There is also a focus on family dynamics and involving the resident’s family and loved ones in the healing process. And, our uniquely high ratio of psychiatrists and doctors to residents adds further confidence of a positive outcome.

We also offer two unique types of therapy for those suffering from severe depression:

Transcranial magnetic stimulation. We offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy, which works to stimulate key areas of the brain that can be underactive in those with depression.

Electroconvulsive therapy. In addition to TMS, we also offer electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), a procedure that has been proven to be both safe and highly effective, especially for those who have not responded to medication, psychotherapy, or other forms of treatment.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of depression, use the form to the right to contact us today. Help is available.