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Depression is a very common emotional problem. It is more than a day of feeling low or sad. It is a long lasting, often recurring illness as real and disabling as heart disease or arthritis. At least one in five Americans will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime, with women twice as likely to develop depression as men.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Frequent wakening in the middle of the night
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Inability to function at work or at school
  • Headaches, digestive disorders, nausea, pain with no medical basis
  • Excessive crying
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Lack of energy, constant fatigue
  • Slowed thinking
  • Difficulty in concentrating, remembering
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness
  • Restlessness, agitation, irritability
  • Feelings of inappropriate guilt or worthlessness

Patient Resources

Counseling Services

Depression is a treatable problem, and studies show that 80-90 percent of those with depression can be successfully treated. Gelbart and Associates utilize a comprehensive assessment, proper diagnosis, and a treatment plan that may include cognitive behavioral therapy, symptom focused therapy, and medication when indicated.

To find out about your insurance coverage for counseling services please contact, Gelbart and Associates at (310) 257-5750.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center Depression Support Group

An ongoing support group for people dealing with depression or bipolar disorder. Meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 10 am to noon in the West Tower at Torrance Memorial. Room assignment varies, please check the roster near the elevator and by each door. For additional information call the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance at (415) 306-2658 or (310) 378-1003.

Community Resources

Smart Phone Application

T2 Mood Tracker is a mobile application that allows users to monitor and track emotional health.