Birmingham Maple Clinic Announces Depression is Topic for World Mental Health Day

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Mental health providers in Michigan report that depression was the focus for this year's World Mental Health Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO).

When it comes to depression, getting treatment as quickly as possible is the key to getting individuals back to their lives and back to feeling like themselves again.

Mental health providers in Michigan report that depression was the featured topic at this year’s World Mental Health Day on October 10th. The Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy announced that this year’s event, which marks the 20th anniversary of the day that is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to draw attention to depression as a global health crisis. Lori Edelson, therapist at the clinic said, “Bringing more attention to how depression is affecting both individuals and their families throughout the world is critical to solving this global health issue. We hope that this year’s event sheds some light on this growing health concern.”

Mental health experts at the WHO said, “World Mental Health Day 2012 aims to encourage governments and civil societies around the world to address depression as a widespread illness that affects individuals, their families and their peers, and to recognize that it is a treatable condition. People should be alert to the early signs of depressive disorder—it can affect anyone, from young people to seniors and may include changes in mood, changes in sleep patterns and appetite, increased somatic complaints, withdrawal and/or isolation, and more. It is now estimated that 350 million people globally are affected by depression, and this alarming figure is a wakeup call for us to address this global non-communicable disease.”

The mental health experts at the Birmingham Maple Clinic treat many mental health conditions, including depression, offering specialized therapy and treatment that is designed specifically for each patient by an expert treatment team. Edelson said, “When it comes to depression, getting treatment as quickly as possible is the key to getting individuals back to their lives and back to feeling like themselves again.” The clinic provides outpatient treatment for depression that typically includes a combination of both therapy and medication.

Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan for over 40 years, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit birminghammaple.com.

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