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Signs of Depression

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad but these feelings are short-lived and pass within a few days.  When you have depression, it will normally last longer than a few days and interfere with daily life. Grief, losing a job, major illness, chronic stress or major life issues such as divorce (to name a few) can cause depression.  Many people with a depression never seek treatment. But the majority who do, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with proper treatment.  

Signs and symptoms of depression: 

  • Sad or irritable mood
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Diminished interest in or enjoyment of activities
  • Lack of energy
  • Problems concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts or gestures
  • Social withdrawal
  • Sleeplessness or hypersomnia
  • Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or guilt
  • Frequent crying episodes

If you believe you (or someone you know) is experiencing depression the most important thing you can do is seek.  A family physician or licensed therapist will be able assess if you have depression and provide available treatment recommendations.

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Is Therapy Right for Me?

Have you been considering therapy but unsure if it is right for you?  There are many reasons why people seek therapy.  Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth.

Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges in a safe place.   Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions.

Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

Take the next step by scheduling an appointment.

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