clarity clinic

Leading Clinical Depression Treatment & Diagnosis Clinic in Chicago

We understand the impact major depression disorder can have on your life, and are dedicated to providing effective treatment solutions. Our psychiatrists and therapists use a combination of advanced diagnostic tools and evidence-based therapeutic approaches to help you navigate your path to recovery. Whether you're struggling with the first signs of depression or seeking ongoing support for managing depression, we are here to offer the help and compassion you need.
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What is Depression?

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), also known as clinical depression, is a mood disorder that is characterized by persistent and intense feelings of sadness, emptiness, or a lack of interest in external stimuli (social activities, events, interactions with others). To be diagnosed with clinical depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

Depression is a complex and multifaceted mental health condition that can profoundly affect every aspect of your life. At our mental health clinic, we recognize the deep impact clinical depression can have on your mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Our treatment approach is grounded in empathy and compassion, providing a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can openly explore your feelings. We are dedicated to offering the most effective depression treatments, tailored to meet your individual needs.

Depression Symptoms and Signs

Here are the main symptoms and signs of depression according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a reference manual used by health care professionals as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders.

  • Persistent Depressed Mood: Experiencing a depressed or low mood for most of the day, nearly every day, lasting at least two weeks.
  • Loss of Interest: Exhibiting little to no interest in all or most activities or tasks that were previously enjoyed.
  • Changes in Appetite and Weight: Experiencing a significant decrease in appetite and/or noticeable weight loss or gain.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Facing difficulties with sleeping, either struggling with insomnia or sleeping excessively.
  • Fatigue: Feeling a pervasive lack of energy and constant tiredness.
  • Feelings of Worthlessness: Suffering from intense feelings of low self-worth or undue guilt.
  • Lack of Concentration: Having trouble concentrating, making decisions, or remaining focused.
  • Suicidal Thoughts: Experiencing recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, including specific plans or previous attempts.

Depression in Children

Children and teens can also be diagnosed with major depressive disorder, often displaying many of the same symptoms as adults. However, in younger individuals, depression may manifest differently, with additional depression symptoms such as heightened anger and irritability. These emotional responses can be more pronounced and are key indicators of depression in younger age groups.

Depression Testing and Diagnosis

A diagnosis for major depressive disorder or other depressive disorders requires an evaluation by a licensed clinician such as a psychiatrist or psychologist who specializes in depressive disorders.

At Clarity Clinic, our psychiatrists and therapists specialize in depression treatment and assessments for individuals of all ages–from children and teens to adults. Our comprehensive approach includes evaluating the severity, duration, and frequency of depression symptoms.

We also focus on ruling out differential diagnoses to ensure that we tailor the most effective treatment plan for each patient.

Depression Treatment and Therapy

Effective depression treatment often involves a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Our mental health clinic has experienced therapists and psychiatrists that specialize in managing clinical depression (major depressive disorders) by guiding clients toward the most appropriate treatments.

Our comprehensive approach includes both pharmacological interventions and non-pharmacological methods, tailored to reduce depression symptoms and improve overall well-being. Each treatment plan is customized to meet the unique needs of our clients, ensuring they receive the best possible care in their journey toward recovery.

Personalized Depression Treatment Plan

Just as each individual is unique, so everyone's journey through depression. Our experienced depression therapists work closely with you to develop a personalized depression treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals:

  • Understanding Your Triggers: Together, we identify the triggers that contribute to your depression and develop strategies to manage and cope with them.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT helps you identify and challenge negative thought patterns, fostering healthier ways of thinking and responding to stressors.
  • Mindfulness and Stress Reduction: Learn mindfulness techniques to ground yourself in the present moment and manage stress, promoting emotional well-being.
  • Emotion Regulation: Develop skills to manage and regulate intense emotions, empowering you to navigate challenges with resilience.

Comprehensive Therapy for Depression

Our therapy for depression integrates a range of therapeutic approaches proven to alleviate depression symptoms and promote overall well-being:

  • Individual Therapy: One-on-one depression therapy sessions provide a confidential and supportive space to explore the underlying causes of your depression and develop coping strategies.
  • Group Therapy: Group therapy allows you to connect with peers who understand your experience in a group setting, sharing insights, learning from each other, and building a sense of community.

Medication Management for Depression Treatment

Our psychiatrists are committed to providing a precise diagnosis and specialized medication management for clients undergoing pharmacological treatment for clinical depression (depressive disorders). By carefully selecting and adjusting medications, we address the unique needs of each individual to enhance the effectiveness of their treatment.

Combining medication management with psychotherapy (talk therapy) has consistently shown to be highly effective in reducing depression symptoms and improving overall functioning.

Get Treated For Clinical Depression in Chicago

Discover the best psychiatrists and therapists near you for depression at Clarity Clinic. With multiple convenient locations throughout Chicago (Loop, River North, Arlington Heights, Lakeview Belmont, Lakeview Broadway, Mokena, and Evanston), we specialize in both depression treatment and diagnostic testing.

Our team of highly qualified mental health professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to each client’s unique needs. Our mental health clinic uses a comprehensive approach that combines the latest in medical treatments with evidence-based therapeutic techniques to help you manage your depression symptoms and reclaim your life.

Whether you're seeking initial diagnosis or ongoing support, our clinics are equipped to assist you every step of the way on your journey toward recovery. We provide TMS for depression, PHP and IOP programs for depression, talk therapy, group therapy, and even child and adolescent therapy for depression.

If you’ve noticed signs of depression, book a consultation with Clarity Clinic, and start your path to healing today!

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Leading Clinical Depression Treatment & Diagnosis Clinic in Chicago Providers

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Jade
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Elizabeth
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Ross
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Jessica
Jessica Selk, LPC
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Anish Desai, MD
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Rebecca Helm, LSW
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Peri
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Ryan
Ryan Atkins, PA
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Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn Ehler, LSW
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Cesar
Cesar Feijoo, PA-C
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Hannah
Hannah Wychocki, PA-C
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Maisha
Maisha Lowery, LCPC
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Lauren
Lauren Isdale, NP
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Hope
Hope Hirsch, LPC
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Nathaniel Epstein, MA
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Cyrus Ma, PA-C
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Kamille
Kamille Haywood, LSW
Therapy
Zubair
Zubair Khan, PA-C
PA-C
Michelle
Michelle Augoustatos, LCSW
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Zachary
Zachary Delgado, LSW
Therapy
Nicholas
Nicholas Zaris, LPC
Therapy
Jordyn
Jordyn Pope, MA
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Laurel
Laurel Meiborg, LSW
Therapy
Haley
Haley Tarling, LPC
Therapist
Debby
Debby Fox, MA
Therapist
Raul
Raul Andrade, MA
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Sarah
Sarah Tarabey, LCPC
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Kumail
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Kyla
Kyla Goggin, LCSW
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Michele
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Jaimee
Jaimee Jaucian, LCPC, BC-DMT
Therapy
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Yenisis De Los Santos, LSW
Therapy
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Sloan Kodroff, LCPC
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Rahael Mathew, LCPC
Therapist
Megan
Megan Becker, PA-C
PA-C
Emma
Emma Arsic, PA-C
PA-C
Paul
Paul Bamberger, PA-C
PA-C
Tonie
Tonie White, LCSW
Therapy
Jason
Jason Brescia, LCPC
Therapy
Sankrant
Sankrant Reddy, MD
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Virginia
Virginia Harren, LCPC
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Stephanie
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Ashley
Ashley Seredynski, PA-C
PA-C
Christine
Christine Lantin, PA-C
PA-C
Brittney
Brittney Segoviano, LCPC
Therapist
Callie
Callie Perlman, LPC, NCC
Therapist
Maria
Maria Vasilopoulos, LPC, NCC
Therapy
Chad
Chad Gaynier, LCPC
Therapist
Bianca
Bianca Miller, LCPC
Therapist
Sean
Sean Saltzberg, LCSW
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Victoria
Victoria Nieman, LCPC
Therapist
Timothy
Timothy Kaatman, MD
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Sudhakar
Sudhakar Shenoy, MD
Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist
Tara
Tara Ufer, LCPC, CADC
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Sharon
Sharon Koys, PA-C
PA-C
Sara
Sara Fakhri, MA
Therapy
Veronika
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Sarah
Sarah Smith, MA
Therapy Clinical Intern
Sean
Sean Saltzberg, LCSW
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Shanta
Shanta Gomez, LSW
Therapy
Reggie
Reggie Pacheco, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Sarah
Sarah Beerman, LCSW, CADC
Therapist
Renie
Renie Stoller-Zak, LCPC
Therapy
Sahar
Sahar Eftekhar, DO
General & Addiction Psychiatrist
Rebecca
Rebecca Gilfillan, MD
Psychiatrist
Rebecca
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PA-C
Rachael
Rachael Pettinicchi, MA
Therapy Clinical Intern
Shelby
Shelby Gordon, LCSW
Therapy
Sonnie
Sonnie Cousins, MA
Therapy
Nicole
Nicole Ortiz, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Raymond
Raymond Monge, LPC, NCC
Therapy
Elana
Elana Horowitz, PA-C
PA-C
Pavan
Pavan Prasad, MD
Psychiatrist
Melissa
Melissa Melzer, LPC
Therapy
Mary
Mary Leighton, LPC
Therapy
Raymond
Raymond Myles, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Michael
Michael Colombatto, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Lovea
Lovea Smith, LCPC
Director of Therapy– Loop
Mariyah
Mariyah Hussain, MD
Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist
Leslie
Leslie Wolf, LCPC
Therapist
Maddie
Maddie Barnes, LCSW, PMH-C
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Lindsey
Lindsey Ashamalla, PsyD (PD)
Therapist
Khrystyna
Khrystyna Helner, LPC, MBA
Therapist
Laura
Laura Schroeder, LCPC
Therapist
Katerina
Katerina Fager, LCPC
Clinical Specialist
Kelli
Kelli Lo, LSW
Therapy
Kiran Binal
Kiran Binal Maharaja, MD
Psychiatrist
Karen
Karen Richardson, LCSW, ICDVP
Therapy
Keri
Keri Perillo, LCPC, CADC
Therapy
Lizzie
Lizzie Ausland, LCPC, CADC
Therapist
Kimberlie
Kimberlie Kuehne, LCPC
Therapy
Kalyan
Kalyan Rao, MD
Psychiatrist
Jonathan
Jonathan Kolakowski, MD
Psychiatrist
Karla
Karla Avila-Polanco, Clinical Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Judy
Judy Bitzer, LCPC
Therapist
Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn Delaney, MA, ATR-P
Therapy
James
James Histed, Clinical Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Keith
Keith Merrifield, LCSW, CCTP, ADHD-CCSP
Therapist
Julia
Julia Ray, Clinical Intern
Therapy
Jessica
Jessica Masbaum, LCSW
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Erika
Erika Bielenstein, LCPC
Therapist
Janel
Janel Wenger, AMFT
Therapist
Jeanette
Jeanette Marinier, PA-C
PA-C
Jamie
Jamie Schubert, PA-C
PA-C
Sherita
Sherita Hernton, PA-C
PA-C
Julie
Julie Daley, MSW
Therapist
Hattie
Hattie Awe, Clinical Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Jodi
Jodi Randle, LCPC, CADC
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Emily
Emily Maurer, LCPC
Therapist
Frank
Frank Sassetti, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Emily
Emily Street, PA-C
PA-C
Emily
Emily Shelton, LCPC, LMHC, CADC, CAGCS, CRSS
Therapy
Eric
Eric Buchkoe, PsyD (PD)
Therapy
Tyler
Tyler Basham, Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Elizabeth
Elizabeth Russell, MA
Therapist
Thomas
Thomas Thurlow, NP
Psychiatry
Savannah
Savannah Sullivan, PA-C
PA-C
Kathryn
Kathryn Ross, PA-C
Psychiatry
Summer
Summer Slininger, PA-C
PA-C
Ravali
Ravali Poreddy, MD
Psychiatrist
Ariella
Ariella Panos, PA-C
PA-C
James
James Ham, PA-C
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Rayna
Rayna Gorstein, PA-C
PA-C
Daniel
Daniel Shuter, LSW
Therapist
Victoria
Victoria Akhteebo, LPC
Therapy
Sierra
Sierra Purcell, PA-C
PA-C
Darian
Darian Carter, LPC
Therapy
Emily
Emily Hoag, MD
Psychiatrist
Ali
Ali Sheikha, PA-C
PA-C
Grace
Grace Starrs, PA-C
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Cassie
Cassie Donahue, PA-C
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Gayathri
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PA-C
Stella
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Therapy
Samuel
Samuel Budyszewick, LCSW
Director of Therapy- Evanston
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Sara
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Therapy
Ryan
Ryan Watters, LSW, CADC
Therapy
Samuel
Samuel Eckert, PA-C
PA-C
Cindy
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Therapy
Chloe
Chloe Wesley, Clinical Intern
Therapy
Nayeli
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Therapy
Rafael
Rafael Lopez, MD
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Nicholas
Nicholas Little, PA-C
PA-C
Samantha
Samantha Espinosa, MA
Therapy
Randi
Randi Schulman, LCSW
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Savanna
Savanna Murphy, LSW
Therapy
Kaitlin
Kaitlin Digrispino, LPC
Therapy
Scott
Scott Shadrick, PA-C
PA-C
Khadija
Khadija Manzoor, LPC, CRC
Therapy
Mira
Mira Ebalo, PA-C
PA-C
Lauren
Lauren Stanley, LCSW
Therapy
Meredith
Meredith Henry, LSW
Therapy
Mark
Mark Bey, LPC
Therapy
Samantha
Samantha Adjekum, LCPC
Therapy
Miriam
Miriam Mixon, LCSW
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Joel
Joel Muller, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Therapy- River North
Mary
Mary Ivory, LCPC
Therapy
Cynthia
Cynthia Sodini, LCSW
Therapy
Jessica
Jessica Baran, LCPC
Therapy
Justin
Justin Lee, PA-C
PA-C
Jacqueline
Jacqueline Campagna, MA, EdS
Therapy
Jordan
Jordan Valentic-Holden, MA
Therapy
Jerri
Jerri Ganz, LCSW
Therapy
Katherine
Katherine Cunningham, LPC, CADC
Therapy
Elia
Elia Narvaez-Mushtaq, LPC
Therapy
Sam
Sam Donham, LCPC
Therapy
Carol
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Therapy