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Depression Therapy

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We all feel sad from time to time, but these feelings usually pass after a few days.  Depression can change the way you feel, think, and behave for weeks or months at a time in ways that negatively impact your daily life.

Depression, and the severity of it, can be influenced by one factor or a combination of several factors like: genetic history (i.e., if other people in your family experience depression), brain chemistry, or stress (loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, etc.).  Depression may present itself differently depending on your gender, age, and culture.

How do you know if you are depressed?

  • persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” moods;
  • feelings of hopelessness, pessimism;
  • feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness;
  • loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex;
  • decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”;
  • difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions;
  • insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping;
  • appetite and/or 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 chronic pain.

Depression is a serious illness that needs treatment, and the first step is visiting a doctor or mental health professional for an exam or lab tests to rule out other conditions that have the same symptoms as depression.  Your doctor might also prescribe or adjust medication.

Psychotherapy can also help treat depression.  Psychotherapy helps by exploring thoughts and changing habits that may be keeping you stuck.  Therapy can help you understand and work through challenging relationships or difficult situations that may be causing your depression or making it worse.

Your Affirming Therapy Center therapists offer support, understanding, patience, and encouragement. Your pain is real, but with time, treatment, and care, your depression will lift.

Contact us now to begin the journey towards feeling better, towards feeling like you. You deserve it.