There is so much more to depression than simply feeling sad or down. It can result from a prolonged state of stress or grief, but it may also have no clearly identified cause and can feel as though it has come out of nowhere.
Depression can be contributed to by a number of factors including genetics, stress, trauma, emotional needs, and environment. It can impact one’s sense of purpose, relationships, physical health, and the ability to connect with others. It can leave individuals feeling hopeless, sad, and empty, and cause them to withdraw and seek isolation from friends and loved ones.
Signs of depression can occur in children, adolescents, and adults, and may present at different developmental stages. Depressive symptoms may involve emotional, physical, and cognitive components of a persons functioning.
Emotional Symptoms of Depression May Include:
- Profound feelings of sadness
- Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
- Feelings of excessive guilt
- Loss of pleasure in activities that have previously been enjoyable
Physical Symptoms of Depresion May Include:
- Low energy and exhaustion
- Feeling that everything has slowed down and feels heavier
- Physical pain and discomfort
- Sleeping more or less than normal
- Changes in appetite
Cognitive Symptoms of Depression May Include:
- Difficulty making decisions
- Difficulty concentrating
- Negative self-talk
- Persistent negative thoughts and feelings
- Stuck patterns of thinking
- Lack of motivation
The good news is - depression is treatable. It can be managed effectively with proper care and support, allowing individuals to regain the joy and purpose in their lives and relationships.
All of our therapists are experienced and trained in the most up-to-date treatments for depression. We also acknowledge that depression is most successfully treated with the care and support of loved ones and additional social supports. We work with supporting individuals to help them gain a greater sense of empathy and understanding, so they can offer support in the most effective ways possible.