Depression is the most common mental health concern in America. Frequently, clients come to see me with depression symptoms, however, they are unaware that they are depressed. Often these individuals have carried this monster around for months or even years without seeking help. It is such a relief for my clients to finally talk to someone who can relate to this awful feeling.

In therapy, we immediately identify tools that will help to lessen these unwelcomed symptoms. Sometimes, medication is an option depending on the client’s desire to combine medication and therapy together, which, is the best recommended treatment. I have had clients that have felt better without medication, through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (changing thoughts and perspective) and mindfulness; along with identifying other possible triggers such as, lack of exercise, sleep patterns, diet, relationship dynamics, etc.

One client described depression to me like this “it’s like a field with many dark and muddy pits in it.” “You never know when you’re going to fall in a pit and you never know when you’ll get out of the one you have fallen in.” (identity withheld due to confidentiality practices).

What does depression look like?

  • Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood 

  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism 

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex 

  • Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling "slowed down"

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions

  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping

  • Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain

  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts

  • Restlessness, irritability

  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed.

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