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Depression is far from being a one size fits all term.  It can show up in very intricate and personal ways, varying greatly from person to person.  What is certain, however, is that depression is a very real and serious concern that is not at all rare.  Studies show that one in six people will experience depression in their lifetime and that it can occur at any stage of our lives. 


Chances are, if you’ve made it this far, you’ve already recognized a change from your previous level of functioning. Depression can profoundly impact how we might feel, think and act and in turn affect our emotional and physical health and relationships.  You may have already noticed that the symptoms have begun to affect activities of daily living including social activities, work or even basic hygiene. The changes have been persisting for at least a couple of weeks and could range from mild to severe.  Below are just some of the symptoms that you might be feeling:


  • Feelings of sadness, worthlessness, guilt, excessive concern, hopelessness, emptiness or despair

  • Changes in mood that might include increased anger, irritability or frustration

  • Loss of interest in day to day activities that you previously enjoyed

  • Experiencing a decrease in energy and an increase in sluggishness or fatigue

  • The feeling that even small tasks may take an extreme amount of effort

  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions

  • Sleep disturbances like sleeping too little or too much

  • Unexplained weight loss or weight gain

  • Impaired sex drive

  • Physical problems that aren’t otherwise explained like headaches or back pain

  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide




Fortunately, depression is treatable, especially now that you’ve acknowledged your symptoms and begun the process of seeking help! Our therapists can collaborate with you in exploring the origins and triggers of your depression.  Together, we will consider both internal and external factors contributing to your experience.  Once we do the work to gain this insight, we can move forward in creating meaningful action.  This may include an increase in self-awareness and mindfulness as a way of interrupting negative patterns and replacing them with healthy and restorative alternatives.


Emergency Support


If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, call 911 in the U.S. or your local emergency number immediately.  You can also contact a suicide hotline. In the U.S., call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Or use the Lifeline Chat. All services are free and confidential.

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