Update from AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine Institute...
Update from AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine Institute...
AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine Institute - UPDATE

September 17, 2020

Depression in Adults Increases at Alarming Rate During the Pandemic
AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine Institute is uniquely positioned to help those struggling with depression

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected nearly all of us, including our referral partners throughout Chicagoland. Our clients are suffering and the last five months have taken a toll on them. An increase in depressive symptoms and in the intensity of symptoms is supported by research recently published in the JAMA Network Open. Surveys suggest 28% of those who were questioned are experiencing at least one symptom of depression compared to 8.5% the previous two years.1 This increase in depression is happening at a time when providers need to find new and creative ways to serve their patients both in person and with virtual care. AMITA Health continues to be at the forefront of safety and creativity in serving hundreds of patients daily through its many locations and levels of care. 


“It is undeniable that people are suffering. It is also important now more than ever to acknowledge rather than pathologize authentic emotional response. I am often asked as a psychiatrist to explain what is happening around us. To this, I remind myself of what I see in practice every day: there is wrong in the world... there is also goodness and hope. If you are hurting, we are here to help.”

— Dr. Elizabeth Sita, AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine Institute

Depression is a mental health disorder that can be treated with behavioral interventions and medication. AMITA Health is at the forefront of evidence-based therapies including the AMITA Treatment Framework (ATF). This framework provides specific strategies and actions that can be utilized to support our patients through their most difficult time. Sustained improvement in the symptoms of depression is our goal in each and every program at AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine. Success and recovery from depression is our goal with every patient. Below you will find the ATF utilized by our clinicians as adapted from David Barlow's Unified Protocols.


Sign & Symptoms of Depression

Knowing the signs and symptoms of depression is a first step towards helping yourself or your loved ones find the solutions they need. The signs are:

  • Sleep problems. Most people with depression have either insomnia or hypersomnia (meaning they sleep too much)

  • Big change in appetite, often causing either weight loss or weight gain

  • Fatigue and loss of energy

  • Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and guilt

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Agitation, restlessness, irritability or inactivity, and withdrawal

  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

  • Feelings of hopelessness

If you know someone who is struggling with depression and could benefit from some structure and support, AMITA Health is just a phone call away. To speak to a Clinical Intake Advisor, please call 855.383.2224.


Treatment teams are ready to help at these Chicagoland locations

As the largest provider of behavioral health services in the Midwest, AMITA Health has locations near you for immediate help. Our call center may be reached at 855.383.2224. Our treatment teams will help you begin your road to recovery with a program near you:

AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hoffman Estates 800.432.5005
AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora 630.801.2657
AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Glendale Heights 630.545.6160
AMITA health St. Joseph Hospital Elgin 847.931.5521
AMITA Health Center for Mental Health Arlington Heights 847.952.7460
AMITA Health Adventist Hinsdale Hospital 630.856.5284
AMITA Health Adventist OPTIONS Program Westmont 630.856.7717
AMITA Health St. Joseph Hospital Joliet 815.773.7803
AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee 815.937.2060
AMITA Health St. Joseph Hospital Chicago/Lincoln Park 773.665.6509
AMITA Health St. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Chicago 312.770.3245
AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook 630.312.6123

TMS Therapy

Dr. Elizabeth Sita is now offering outpatient Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) which is FDA indicated for treatment-resistant Major Depressive Disorder. TMS is accepted by most major insurances as a treatment for depression.  For more information or to refer a patient for evaluation feel free to reach out to Renee Bach at 847.755.3244, or have the patient call our contact center at 855.383.2224 to schedule a virtual assessment.

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Or, for immediate assistance, call us at 855.383.2224.

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