If you’ve been feeling down, hopeless, experiencing a lack of energy and motivation, and wondered if therapy will even help your depression:
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What is depression?
Sadness is a typical emotion that is part of being human. It is how we respond to things like grief, loss, loneliness, stress, or disappointment. However, when a low mood persists for more than two weeks or begins to interfere with your overall wellness, you may be experiencing depression.
About 8% of Americans experience depression (with that number more than tripling at one point due to the COVID-19 pandemic and still remaining elevated). Depression is a serious condition and not a sign of weakness. With the right treatment, between 80% and 90% of individuals with depression see a decrease in symptoms.
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What are some of the symptoms of depression?
Depression presents itself differently in individuals, but common symptoms include the following:
- Diminished interest in activities that bring you joy
- A low, depressed mood
- Challenges with daily self-care
- Unintentional changes in weight
- Change in appetite
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Irritability and restlessness
- Unexplained physical health problems
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Slowed movement or speech
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
- Ruminating thoughts
- Social withdrawal
- Low motivation
- Negative self-talk
How does depression affect my life?
What causes depression?
- Genetic predisposition
- Prior trauma
- Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
- Life changes (Moving, having a child, graduating, etc.)
- Death or loss of a loved one
- Other medical diagnoses
- Co-occurring mental health issues (such as an eating or substance use disorder)
- Time of year
- Financial stress or job loss
- High levels of stress or burnout
- Hormonal changes
- Relational issues
- Discrimination or other forms of marginalization
How can therapy for depression help?
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