Do you find yourself feeling sad and blue a lot of the time?

The loneliness and isolation of depression hurts and therapy can help. The feeling that you have little or no energy and can't concentrate builds over time and suddenly you find yourself isolated or irritable all the time for no apparent reason. And the more you need friends or family the harder it is to reach out to them.

As your therapist, I can share techniques that will enable you to take charge of your life and your emotions while you ignite a new passion for living. I will walk with you along the path to emotional healing and help you reconnect with your personal strength, focus, balance and wellbeing.

Depression involves the body, mind, and spirit. It can affect the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. A true depression is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away.

Some people say that depression feels like a black curtain of despair coming down over their lives. The symptoms vary from person to person, but if you feel "down" for more than two weeks, and these feelings are interfering with your daily life, this is depression.

When depression is strong it can feel like you are stranger in your own body, often feeling a sense of grayness or being underwater. Some of the signs that accompany depression include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • 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, 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

Depression can be triggered by many things including grief, loss, difficult relationships, divorce, financial problems, family expectations, or any stressful changes in life patterns. Depression in adolescents can manifest in different ways than adults and may include acting out, anger, sleeping, poor school performance, and excitability.

In therapy, you and I will work together to alleviate the feelings of exhaustion, worthlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness. Negative thoughts and feelings may make it feel like even coming into therapy is an impossible step, but it is important to realize that these negative views are part of the depression and typically do not accurately reflect the actual circumstances.

Working together we will give you the tools to step back into your life with an understanding that depression does not have to control you.

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