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As you struggle with depression, you may feel alone and hopeless. However, treatment and support can help lift the fog and rediscover light. Bold Steps Behavioral Health provides comprehensive care to target depression's complex causes and symptoms. Our holistic approach includes counseling, medication management, healthy lifestyle training, and community support. Bold Steps' compassionate experts will walk with you on your recovery journey. Take the first bold step toward recovery today and contact us at 717.896.1880.

What is Depression?

Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It is a serious mental health condition that affects how you feel, think, and handle daily activities.

  • A clinical disorder

Depression is classified as a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest. It impacts your ability to function normally at work, home, or school. The symptoms must last for at least two weeks to be considered clinical depression.

  • More than just “feeling blue”

Unlike normal emotional experiences, clinical depression is not a sign of personal weakness or something that can be willed or wished away. People with depression cannot simply “snap out of it” and feel better. Without proper treatment, the symptoms of depression may last for months or years.

  • A treatable illness

The good news is that depression is highly treatable, particularly with a comprehensive approach that includes psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and medication when needed. With the right support and resources, most people can overcome depression and regain their emotional well-being.

What are the 5 Main Causes of Depression?

Depression is a complex mental health condition influenced by various factors. The five primary causes are:

  • Biological Factors

Chemical imbalances in the brain can contribute to depression. Low levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine play a role. Hormonal changes or inherited traits may also increase susceptibility.

  • Environmental Influences

Stressful life events like trauma, abuse, loss of a loved one, or major life changes can trigger depression. Lack of social support and loneliness exacerbate symptoms.

  • Medical Conditions

Certain medical problems are linked to depression, including chronic illnesses, chronic pain, sleep disorders, or other mental health issues. Prescription medications can also affect mood.

  • Substance Abuse

Alcohol and drug abuse can intensify depressive episodes. Substances may be used to cope with difficult emotions, creating a vicious cycle.

  • Psychological Vulnerability

Low self-esteem, negative thinking patterns, and distorted perspectives increase depression risk. Perfectionistic tendencies or difficulty managing emotions heighten this vulnerability.

Understanding these causes empowers individuals to seek appropriate treatment, support networks, and lifestyle modifications to alleviate depressive symptoms effectively.

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A Bold Approach

Why choose Bold Steps Behavioral Health?


You never walk alone. From 1:1 counseling to group talk therapy, we cultivate an environment of compassion and support


We take a holistic view of patients during the recovery process, providing individualized care with an emphasis on comfort and respect.


Recovery touches every part of your life, and we give clients the tools and mindset they need to thrive in work, life, and relationships.

Find Help

  • Seeking Professional Support

Depression is a serious mental health condition that requires professional treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, it’s crucial to seek help from a qualified mental health professional. Bold Steps Behavioral Health offers a range of therapy and treatment programs to help individuals overcome depression and regain control of their lives.

  • Personalized Approach

At Bold Steps, we understand that each person’s experience with depression is unique. Our team of experienced therapists and counselors work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Whether you require individual therapy, group counseling, or a combination of approaches, we are dedicated to providing the support and guidance you need.

  • Evidence-Based Treatments

Our treatment programs are grounded in evidence-based practices, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based interventions. These proven methods have been shown to be effective in managing depression symptoms, improving coping strategies, and promoting overall well-being.

Treatment at Bold Steps Behavioral Health

At Bold Steps, we understand that overcoming depression requires a comprehensive, personalized approach. Our evidence-based treatments are tailored to each individual’s unique needs and challenges.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Our CBT program focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors contributing to depression. Through structured sessions, you’ll learn coping strategies to manage symptoms and improve overall well-being.

  • Mindfulness-Based Therapies

Mindfulness practices like meditation and yoga can help alleviate depression by promoting present-moment awareness and reducing rumination. Our mindfulness-based interventions cultivate self-compassion and emotional regulation.

  • Group Therapy

Group therapy sessions provide a supportive environment to share experiences, gain insights, and build a sense of community. Led by experienced therapists, these groups foster personal growth and accountability.

  • Medication Management

For some individuals, antidepressant medication can be an effective component of treatment. Our psychiatrists work closely with you to determine if medication is appropriate and monitor progress. With a multidisciplinary team and holistic approach, Bold Steps empowers you to overcome depression and reclaim a fulfilling life.

Take the First Step

Depression is a serious but treatable mental health condition. While it may seem hopeless when you are in the depths of depression, there are effective treatments and support available. Bold Steps Behavioral Health provides comprehensive treatment options including therapy modalities like CBT and DBT as well as medication management. Our compassionate team of psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors can help you develop coping strategies, process trauma, adjust medication as needed, and teach skills to help you better manage your depression symptoms. With the right treatment plan tailored to your needs, you can overcome depression and reclaim your life. Take the first step toward recovery and contact us at 717.896.1880 today. 

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