Occasional sad moods happen to all of us. It’s not unusual to sometimes feel blue or not like yourself. But if you experience a loss of interest in pleasurable activities, or a depressed mood that lasts for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from clinical depression. This is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. Depression is a highly treatable biological/physical illness.

Symptoms that often accompany depression, include:

  • Frequent body aches and pains
  • Persistent anger or irritability
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Too much or too little sleep or difficulty sleeping through the night
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue without physical exertion
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Trouble getting through the day
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Frequent crying
  • Loss of interest in physical appearance
  • Lack of emotional response
  • Anxiety

If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of depression, contact our specialists for an individualized evaluation, treatment plan and support.

At Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, compassionate caregivers offer patients and their families healing through counseling, education, support groups and pastoral care. We also have a chapel in the hospital for private worship. Members of our pastoral care staff are available to assist or counsel you, whatever your religious tradition.

In addition to providing emotional and spiritual support in times of illness or health challenges, Lake Forest Hospital offers treatment for short- or longer-term emotional issues, such as depression. Mental health specialists at Lake Forest Hospital understand how depression affects men, and are skilled at helping men cope with emotional issues.

To schedule an appointment at Lake Forest Mental Health, call 847.535.6171.

For additional information about our counseling and social work services, please call 847.535.6445, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am–4:30 pm.

For information about Pastoral Care, please call 847.535.6070.