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If you are in crisis, call the Mental Health Crisis Call Line at (585) 275-8686. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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What is Depression?

Sometimes you might feel down, unmotivated, or not quite like yourself. But if this is accompanied by a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed or if your depressed mood lasts more than two weeks, you might be suffering from clinical depression.

Clinical depression (also called major depressive disorder) is a serious mood disorder. As a biological/physical illness, it affects a person's body, feelings, thoughts, and behavior. But it is highly treatable.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Oversleeping or trouble sleeping
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Feeling sad, irritable, hopeless, worthless, and/or helpless
  • A sense of excessive guilt
  • Difficulty with thinking
  • Anxiety or restlessness leading to unintended movements (fidgeting, hand-wringing, etc.) 
  • Recurrent thoughts of suicide or death

Treatment is often needed, and once you've had an episode of depression, you’re at risk of having more throughout your life. Left untreated, some types of depression can recur more often and become more serious. Severe depression may include symptoms of catatonia, anxiety, or psychosis.

Types of Depression

  • Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression: symptoms of depression last for at least two weeks and interfere with your ability to function in daily life
  • Persistent depressive disorder, also known as dysthymia: less severe symptoms of depression lasting for at least two years
  • Perinatal depression: major depression experienced during pregnancy (also known as prenatal depression) or after delivery (also known as postpartum depression)
  • Seasonal affective disorder: depression associated with the change of seasons, typically during winter
  • Depression with symptoms of psychosis: includes symptoms such as delusions (disturbing, false fixed beliefs) or hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that others do not see or hear)

UR Medicine's Treatments for Depression

UR Medicine’s Mental Health and Wellness Services offer many ways to help patients experiencing depression, including:

  • General Outpatient Services, for adults with conditions including anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. This can include a combination of medications and therapy.
  • Family Therapy, a program that helps individuals, couples, and families manage depression, anxiety, child behavior problems, family conflict, grief and loss, and the effects of chronic illness or health concerns.
  • Women’s Mental Health Services, to address women’s health concerns including abuse or trauma, depression, anxiety, and pregnancy and postpartum adjustment.
  • Strong Ties Community Support Clinic, serving adults coping with severe and persistent mental illness, including depression. This outpatient clinic offers services such as group therapy, medication management, an onsite pharmacy, and satellite laboratory services.
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), for people with severe or recurrent depression. It is very low risk, and brief anesthesia is used to make it comfortable.
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy, for treatment-resistant depression. This non-invasive technique applies magnetic pulses to certain areas of the brain. TMS stimulates neuro-pathways involving depression and regulating mood.
  • Medicine in Psychiatry (MIPS), providing primary medical care services to adults 18 and older who may be receiving mental health and/or substance abuse services within our health system.

What Sets Us Apart?

Our services are staffed by a multidisciplinary team of providers, including:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioners
  • Psychiatric social workers
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Mental health counselors
  • Certified alcohol and substance abuse counselors
  • Activities therapists
  • Certified group therapists
  • Care managers

We offer the latest treatment options for therapies and medications. Whether on an inpatient or outpatient basis, we're dedicated to working with patients to decrease psychiatric symptoms, improve coping abilities, and assist in achieving personal goals.

No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay; a discounted/sliding fee schedule is available.


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Lazos Fuertes - Rochester

150 North Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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