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DEPRESSION

Remember, there is always hope.

Depression is a mental health disorder that
can affect a person’s mood, thoughts, and daily functioning.

Depression is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, low energy, difficulty concentrating, and sometimes thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Depression isn’t the same as just being sad. It’s normal to feel down or unmotivated at times, but depression is more constant. It’s a serious mood disorder that can negatively impact your health and quality of life, as well as those closest to you. There are different types of mental health issues where depression is experienced. Some include Postpartum Depression (PPD), Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Bipolar Disorder (BPD).

I will help you identify what is contributing to your depression, which may be linked to external or internal causes or a combination of both.
We will explore underlying emotional and psychological causes of depression, often delving into past experiences and relationships. It also may be helpful to identify negative thought patterns and behaviors and work on developing healthier and more adaptive ways of thinking and coping.

We will also explore and, if warranted, work on improving interpersonal relationships. This can be accomplished through enhancing communication skills and resolving conflict to establish healthier connections with people in your life.

Mindfulness based exercises can also be incorporated to help develop insight and regulate emotions and reduce depressive symptoms. These skill building exercises will help to promote self- awareness and personal growth.

Major Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses.

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Depression can be a very emotionally painful existence. Sometimes people suffering from depression are judged as being “lazy” suggesting that they can just “snap out if it” if they so choose. This accusation is false and can be very hurtful to anyone struggling with depression and result in them not seeking treatment. No matter how you feel right now, it’s valid but does not have to be permanent. With the right support and treatment, depression can be effectively managed.

Take your first step towards a better outlook.