Depression

 
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What is Depression?

Depression is often described by metaphor - an eclipse, a never-healing injury, a desert island, a pit. It's often a pervasive low mood, feelings of hopelessness, or severe loss of interest and engagement in life; however, the signs and symptoms can be widely varied. 

Depressive symptoms can begin to negatively impact your functioning and overall wellness, often leaving people feeling exhausted and emotionally drained. While Depression can often make reaching out for help feel difficult or almost impossible, this is an important step due to the increased risk of harm. You're here, reading this page, and that is an incredible first step! ​

Depression often leads to a reduction in socialization leaving people feeling isolated or alone. If you're experiencing symptoms of depression, know that you are not alone. Depression is incredibly common and in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Depression rates have steadily increased with an estimated 8% of adults in the United States having a depressive episode in 2020. 

 
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Symptoms of Depression

  • Low, depressed mood

  • Loss of interest

  • Change in appetite 

  • Indecisiveness 

  • Lack of concentration

  • Weight loss

  • Slowed thought

  • Reduction in physical activity

  • Fatigue, low energy

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • And more...

These are just some symptoms associated with Depression. If you're questioning if what you're experiencing is Depression - reach out, we're here to help!

 

How can therapy help with Depression?

Depression often leaves people isolated and reduces the ability and desire to engage in daily life. Therapy can be instrumental in developing an understanding of triggers to Depression and supporting your understanding of coping skills and interventions to use when feeling depressed. At Grace Therapy we draw from a variety of clinical modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and more.

If you’re experiencing an increase in feelings of hopelessness, a lack of energy or interest in activities, changes in sleep or appetite, or generally low mood our therapists can help you.