According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected. Depression is caused by a combination of biological, genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. It can impair an individual’s ability to cope with daily life and to function at school or at work. What are some common symptoms of depression?

·       Sadness

·       Loss of interest in daily activities

·       Significant weight loss when not dieting, or significant weight gain

·       Inability to sleep, or sleeping too much

·       Psychomotor agitation or retardation

·       Fatigue

·       Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt

·       Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness

·       Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a specific plan for committing suicide or a suicide attempt

Treatment for depression in Philadelphia:

Dr. Braunstein offers supportive, evidence-based therapy for people with depression, tailored to their specific needs and preferences. Contact Dr. Braunstein to schedule an initial visit at her office in Center City Philadelphia.

Helpful external resources for depression:

If you or someone you know is in crisis or thinking of committing suicide, get help quickly. Please call 9-1-1 for emergency services, or go to the nearest emergency room. You may also call the toll-free 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Anxiety and Depression Association of America - depression

Depression and Bipolar Disorder Support Alliance - depression

National Institute of Mental Health - depression

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - depression