Stone County Hospital


Today, April 7, 2017, is World Health Day.

For 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to focus on depression.

Depression comes in many forms, meaning it does not look the same on everyone.

According to the WHO website,, “Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living.”


  • It is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.
  • Depression among older people is common
  • More than 300 million people live with depression.
  • Women are affected by depression more than men.

Those who go through a traumatic life event such as losing a loved one, losing a job, psychological trauma, etc. are more likely to develop depression. Depression will also lead the individual to worsen their situation and in turn, worsen their depression. It causes a ripple effect.


Episodes of depression can range from mild, to moderate, to severe. It is also distinguished between people who have a history of manic depression, to those who do not. Going without treatment can cause chronic depression, and also cause those living with it, to relapse over time.

Symptoms include

  • depressed mood
  • loss of interest and enjoyment
  • reduced energy
  • anxiety
  • disturbed sleep
  • loss of appetite
  • feelings of guilt or low self-worth
  • poor concentration
  • medically unexplained symptoms

Mild: A Mild depressive episode causes an individual to have difficulty continuing their regular daily activities such as working and being social. They will, more than likely, continue to function.

Severe: A Severe depressive episode will cause an individual to quit those daily activities, with some attempting suicide.


There are programs in place to help prevent or reduce depression. Community programs include school-based programs that help young children, adolescents, and teens enhance their positive thinking and behavior. Exercise programs in older adults have also proven to help prevent depression.


Healthcare providers may offer psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral activation, interpersonal psychotherapy, or antidepressants. However, they should remain aware of the possible effects associated with antidepressants and the inability to deliver intervention based on individual preferences.

Other psychological treatment includes individual and group treatments or therapy delivered by a professional.

Stone County Hospital offers behavioral health services to enhance the quality of life for emotional and mental well-being. James DeDeaux, LCSW, is our resident therapist at SCH. For the past 30 years, he has specialized in helping people of all ages to significantly enhance the quality and happiness of their lives.

DeDeaux uses effective counseling approaches such as Cognitive Action Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. He also works closely with clients in a manner that is respectful, trustworthy, supportive and educational. He tailors his treatments to fit the specific needs of individuals seeking a healthier quality of life.

Schedule your appointment with James today by calling 601-928-6700.