What is Depression
Depression is a common and treatable mental health condition. Depression symptoms include prolonged feelings of sadness and/or apathy, feelings of worthlessness, and loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. In addition to those symptoms, depression can also include difficulty of sleeping and concentrating, as well as thoughts of suicide. About 65 million people worldwide are affected by depression at any given time.
Depression can be driven by a multitude of factors including:
- Biochemical abnormalities
- A family of origin
- Lifestyle choices
If you are struggling with depression, you are not alone and we can help. Even with a genetic predisposition for depression or traumatic experiences in your life that have shaped it, there are practical ways to help.
How Depression Can be Treated
When working with a therapist, you will be able to tailor a support plan for your needs and personality. Therapy can help you explore the contributing factors to depression, identify things that help to reduce depression, and adopt coping skills. Examples of coping skills include engaging in relationships, exercising, and eating a healthy diet. If you continue to be stuck a therapist can help you decide if a referral to a psychiatrist for medication could be warranted. We can also explore challenges in your thinking process around unhelpful thoughts and distorted perceptions. Those kinds of challenges could be feeding your view of yourself, your circumstances, and the world around you.
We believe in taking a holistic approach to treating depression. We want to work with you at your pace to help you achieve your goals.