What is Depression?
You're feeling more negative than positive these days.
You might be sad, but not necessarily. What's clear is that your thoughts are muddied by self-criticism, doubt, and uncertainty. Motivation is difficult to find. Come to think of it, you're not even participating in activities you know you used to enjoy. Your sleep or eating is off. It's almost like there's this weight pushing down on you. Everything feels monumental.
It could be depression.
Depression Versus Bipolar Disorder:
The depression we typically talk about is the unipolar type. You might struggle with additional symptoms, such as heightened energy, elevated or irritable mood. It's important to determine whether your depression is unipolar or bipolar, because medication and treatment can differ based on the diagnosis.
With the right therapy, you can experience a reduction in your symptoms of depression. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is typically a first-line defense. Changing the way you think and act can have a significant, positive impact on the way you feel. Counseling for depression might help you understand how certain childhood or familial experiences affect how you think and feel today. Our therapists might also use certain interventions from Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to target specific symptoms and your overall mindset. In some cases, we might recommend medication.
Our depression therapists work collaboratively and respectfully to help you return to your previous level of functioning. Your feedback about how you are feeling and how certain interventions are working - or not - are critical in the work we do together.