WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION 

It's common for folks to hear the word "depressed" and assume that means that a person is sad. However, sadness and depression are different. One can feel sad, or even depressed, but this does not necessarily mean someone has depression. A good gauge is are these feelings disruptive to your day to day life?

Depression is very common but it is also an experience to take seriously because it can negatively impacts thoughts, feelings, and behavior as well as day to day functioning.  

Some people know what is causing their depression, but many people don't actually know what the cause of their depression is. We may have just gone through a breakup, loss of a loved one, struggled with financial issues, or experienced a trauma. 

For many, trying to figure out the root cause of depression can be frustrating. With therapy, we can work through  the traumatic memories or experiences in a safe and supportive space. This will help you not only identify the problem, but provide the steps to regain control of our life and our experiences.

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION

  • Constantly feeling sad or dull

  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed

  • Weight loss or gain (unrelated to dieting)

  • Insomnia or sleeping too much

  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing

  • Loss of energy

  • Fatigue 

  • Restlessness 

  • Irritability

  • Feeling worthless 

  • Self-harm

  • Thoughts of death or suicide 

  • Seasonal changes 

HOW CAN THERAPY HELP?

Therapy will help you better understand your depression, identify negative beliefs and help you work through unresolved issues. You will begin to see things from a different perspective and gain insight into the way these new and old perspectives have influenced our experiences. You will be able to identify stressors and triggers that fuel your depression and learn healthy, empowering ways to manage them.