Everyone feels sad from time to time. If your sad feelings occur most days and last longer than two weeks, it could mean you are struggling with clinical depression. What is clinical depression? It is usually a period of sadness, irritability, or low motivation that is often accompanied with other symptoms and lasts for at least two consecutive weeks. Whether the symptoms are severe or not, depression negatively affects one's life. Depression is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. It is real, and it is treatable.
Depression is an illness that involves the body and impacts mood and thinking. There are many negative affects when someone is depressed, such as impact on appetite, sleep, feelings of self worth, and concentration. People with depression often have other medical or mental health problems such as anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Depression symptoms can last for many weeks, months, or years. Yet, most people can get relief with appropriate treatment.
Treatment often involves helping you understand how you've experienced the world and the meaning you've made of your experience. Sharing your story is the first step toward recovery and personal development. Through therapy, you will learn to understand your capacities, strengths, and coping skills in order to deal with the difficulties in your life. I will help you discover the positive adjustments needed to develop a more authentic sense of self, to create better relationships, and ultimately to feel well.