Karen Muller, Ph.D. | Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Depression

Depression is a common problem, one which is under diagnosed and under treated, despite the fact that there are very effective treatments including lifestyle changes, psychotherapy and antidepressant medications. About 15 million adults suffer from major depressive disorder every year, according to a large study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 2005. Everyone has low moods, bad days, and periods of grief following losses. If you are unsure whether your low moods cross the line into clinical depression, take my quiz: “Are You Depressed?” Whether you are clinically depressed or struggling with a low mood, you may benefit from “7 Ways to Beat the Blues” and “Lifestyle Changes to Dramatically Improve Depression, Anxiety, and Chronic Pain” sections which follow.

Are You Depressed?

  1. Do you feel sad or low most of the time?
       yes      no
  2. Have you lost interest in things you used to enjoy (hobbies, spending time with friends, watching movies, etc.)?
       yes      no
  3. Are you easily annoyed or irritated?
       yes      no
  4. Have you had a change in your sleep habits-either sleeping a lot or unable to sleep?
       yes      no
  5. Have you gained or lost a significant amount of weight without trying?
       yes      no
  6. Do you feel tired all the time, so that even small tasks require a great effort?
    yes      no
  7. Do you feel excessively guilty or worthless?
    yes      no
  8. Do you have trouble concentrating or remembering in order to accomplish tasks that you were previously able to do easily?
    yes      no
  9. Do you find yourself thinking of death or suicide?
    yes      no
 
Karen H. Muller, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
1117 East Main #3
Medford OR 97504
541-864-9991
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