What is depression?

Depression is considered a mood disorder that impacts millions of people worldwide. It is often referred to as Major Depression or Clinical Depression. It can create severe symptoms that impact all aspects of people’s lives. Symptoms can include persistent sadness, irritability, hopelessness, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, lack of motivation and concentration, and suicidal thoughts.

Sometimes depression can occur after experiencing a particularly stressful event. This is referred to as situational depression and symptoms tend to be more short-term.  There are also long-term forms of depression.

How do I work with people who are depressed?

Being depressed can color how you view the world. You may tend to view things more negatively. Others may not understand why you feel depressed when people in the world may have it a lot worse than you. Hearing this can easily lead to guilt for feeling depressed and people may get frustrated that you just can’t “snap out of it.” 

Since depression impacts people in different ways and intensity, it is important to find and utilize the best approach for your individual situation. Some options may include mindfulness techniques and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on understanding your patterns of behavior and thoughts in order to challenge negative thinking, which creates better ways of responding. I will look at how your brain mechanisms are impacted by your life experiences and affect the body, mind and spirit. Using concepts from the science of neurobiology, I will create strategies to overcome your challenges.

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