“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” ― Tony Robbins
Depression, also called Major Depressive Disorder or Clinical Depression, is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and an overall loss of interest in the things that used to bring joy. Depression affects how you feel, think, and behave. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and it may interfere with an individual’s ability to participate in daily activities. In severe cases of depression, people may experience suicidal ideations and feel as if life isn’t worth living.
Depression is more than just “a bout of the blues”, it is not a weakness and is not something that someone can “snap out” of. Major Depression can be a serious condition, but it is treatable and most people see positive results from treatment.
Although depression may occur only one time during your life, typically people have multiple episodes of depression. During these episodes, symptoms occur most of the day, nearly every day and include:
Depression symptoms usually cause noticeable differences in an individual’s ability to participate fully in daily activities. Resultingly it has a significant impact on one’s ability to function optimally at work, school, and in their relationships with others.
Major Depression, includes symptoms of depression most of the time for at least 2 weeks that typically interfere with one’s ability to work, sleep, study, and eat.
Persistent Depressive Disorder, (also called dysthymia), often includes less severe symptoms of depression that last much longer, typically for at least 2 years.
Perinatal or Postpartum Depression, occurs when a woman experiences major depression during pregnancy or after delivery (postpartum depression).
Seasonal Affective Disorder, comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in late fall and early winter and going away during spring and summer.
Depression with Psychosis, is a severe form of depression where a person experiences delusions (disturbing, false fixed beliefs) and/or hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that others do not see or hear).
MPS PLLC clinicians specialize in the psychotherapy treatment of depression. Effective psychotherapy treatments for depression include:
Beginning treatment for depression requires strength and courage. Therapy is a journey that can help you achieve a more fulfilling and meaningful life. We are here to guide you along the way. To learn more, contact us today.
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