Major depression is a mood disorder that causes long-lasting symptoms that may get in the way of work, school, or social activities. While there is no known cause, it’s thought to involve brain biology, brain chemistry, hormones, and/or inherited traits.
To diagnose depression, an individual must exhibit five or more of the following symptoms during a two-week period:
- Changes in weight or eating habits
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feeling guilty or worthless
- Feeling hopeless or helpless
- Indecisiveness or difficulty concentrating
- Insomnia (difficulty sleeping), or sleeping too much
- Loss of interest in doing things you used to enjoy
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Unexplained pain
It’s normal to feel sad at times, but when sadness affects your relationships and the way you live, it’s time to get help. Call the University of Miami Health System and schedule an appointment with one of our acclaimed psychiatrists at 305.355.9028
Why Choose UHealth?
Comprehensive care for depression and other mood disorders. We offer comprehensive care for mood disorders, including inpatient (hospital stay) and outpatient (clinic) treatments. You get personal time and space for relaxation, reflection, and recovery.
Advanced therapies for depression. You will receive state-of-the-art treatments all in one place. You have access to the latest brain stimulation therapies for depression, such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS).
Specialized care for women, children, older adults, and patients with medical illness. We offer special psychiatry services related to women’s reproductive health, children and adolescents, older adults, and patients with co-existing medical conditions, such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. You get expert care from specially trained providers who understand all aspects of your condition.
Researching treatments for patients with memory disorders. As part of the Center on Aging, our psychiatrists are actively researching new and better ways to treat depression in patients with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders. This means you have access to latest evidence-based treatments for depression.