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Theresa Louise Britton
Specializes in Counseling
777 Riverview Drive
Benton Harbor, MI
 

Ms. Theresa Britton is a counselor in Benton Harbor, MI and Portage, MI. Areas of expertise for Ms. Britton include depression, behavior therapy, and adjustment disorders. Ms. Britton is in-network for Anthem, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Counseling
777 Riverview Drive; Suite 180 Building A
Benton Harbor, MI
 

Ms. Nicole Hiler specializes in counseling. Her areas of clinical interest consist of substance abuse, terminal illness, and depression.

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All Interests: Depression, Grief, Mental Health Issues, Substance Abuse, Terminal Illness, Correctional Health

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Specializes in Counseling
1850 Colfax Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI
 

Ms. Allison Ireland works as a counselor in Benton Harbor, MI. Ms. Ireland's clinical interests include terminal illness, depression, and family therapy services.

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Specializes in Counseling
1850 Colfax Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI
 

Ms. Diane Kopp specializes in counseling and practices in Benton Harbor, MI. Clinical interests for Ms. Kopp include terminal illness, depression, and family therapy services.

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Specializes in Social Work
812 Ship Street; Suite B
Saint Joseph, MI
 

Ms. Judi Bleich specializes in social work and practices in Saint Joseph, MI. Ms. Bleich's areas of expertise consist of depression, anxiety, and family issues.

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All Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Family Issues

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What is Depression?

Everyone knows what it feels like to get the blues once in a while. But depression is a serious illness that is more severe than a bad day and lasts much longer. Symptoms of depression stop a person from being able to function and enjoy daily activities for weeks or months at a time. It can happen to anyone, and it isn’t something that people can control by force of will or “snap out of.”

Some common symptoms of depression include:
  • Feeling sad, guilty, empty or hopeless
  • Fatigue and a lack of energy and motivation
  • A loss of pleasure in activities that were previously enjoyed
  • Unusual sleep or eating habits
  • “Mental fog” -- trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Suicidal thoughts or a preoccupation with death

We don’t yet know what causes depression, but it’s thought that it is a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and social influences. Because of this, the most effective treatments for depression combine medication with psychotherapy. Therapy, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy, can be extremely helpful in resolving the negative thoughts and feelings that come with depression. It gives patients new tools that they can use themselves to cope when their depression is making them feel down.

Some of the common medications used to treat depression include antidepressants such as SSRI’s (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft) or atypical antidepressants (Cymbalta, Wellbutrin). It’s important to remember that these medications have different effects on everybody, and no one medication works right for everyone. You may have to try a couple before finding the one that works just right for you. If the first medication you try doesn’t work, don’t give up, and talk to your doctor about trying something else. In extreme cases where medication is not enough, electro-convulsive therapy and hospitalization may be the answer to keeping a severely depressed person safe.

Depression is a difficult illness to deal with, but it is more common than you’d think and there are many people who can help. With the right treatment, you can get back to fully enjoying your life again.