Most of us experience a feeling of the blues at some point in life, and it typically passes within a day or two. But when these symptoms persist for two weeks or longer, and they effect our ability to function at home, work or school, then this feeling may be depression. Contrary to old-style cultural myth, depression isn’t a weakness and you can’t simply “snap out” of it or “wish it away.” Ironically, the lack of motivation and energy often associated with depression often prevents people from engaging in the activities they enjoy, activities which would improve their mood. Many clients come to us caught in that joyless circle.
The signs and symptoms of depression include loss of interest in activities that were once interesting or enjoyable, including sex; loss of appetite or overeating; persistent sadness or an empty feeling; thoughts of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness; social withdrawal; fatigue low energy; sleep disturbance; trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions; unusual restlessness or irritability; persistent physical problems such as headaches, digestive disorders, or chronic pain that does not respond to treatment, and rarely, thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts. The principal types of depression are called major depression, dysthymia, and bipolar disease (manic-depressive disease).
Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats, sleeps, feels about him or herself, and how they think about about the world around them. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. The most effective treatment of depression is a combination of psychotherapy and medication.
In addition to therapy we help you to motivate yourself toward good self-care: a well-balanced diet, exercise, and regular sleep. In addition to traditional talk therapy we offer alternative treatments that include EMDR, Biofeedback, Hypnosis, and Group Therapy for specific areas that relate to depression.