The department innovative approach to the physiological and chemical aspects of depression has earned it an excellent reputation throughout Israel. The Unit also researches Depression, treating patients both hospitalized and within the community.
Depression refers to a spectrum of mood disorders marked by sad, blue mood. Commonly recurrent, the risk of future episodes of depression increases with each concurrent episode. Depression can effect all aspects of life, interfering in family participation, job performance, educational success, day-to-day life functioning. Sleep, appetite, energy, pleasure response, life interests and motivation are all influenced by an episode of depression. There is evidence suggesting a genetic basis for this disorder.
The hopelessness, helplessness and the self-reproach that represent core components of depression often lead to thoughts of death and most seriously suicidal behavior. The risk of suicide must not be taken lightly, underscoring the importance of early treatment.