Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects mood, including how you feel, think, and behave. Everyone feels sad sometimes, but when it starts to affect your ability to perform daily tasks and your ability to enjoy things that typically bring you happiness, you may be suffering from depression. The symptoms of depression vary from person to person, but often include feeling miserable without a clear reason why, anxiety, agitation, insomnia or sleeping too much, hopelessness, changes in eating, and/or foggy thinking. Depression may also cause recurrent thoughts of death or suicide (or even a wish that it would all 'stop' in an abstract sense). If you think you might be suffering from depression, a qualified mental health therapist can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s depression experts today!

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I have over 20 years' experience successfully treating depression using scientifically supported approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy. Additionally, I have conducted and published research relevant to the treatment of depression.

— Christine Scher, Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

Depression is far more common than people realize, and it may even appear in those who are high functioning and "look fine" on the outside. My approach in therapy is to explore how the depression manifests in you, what potential causes or contributing factors exist, and what if anything may be making it worse. We then work on a depression management plan consisting of coping skills, lifestyle modifications, and support building.

— Ana Hinshaw, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CA
 

The heaviness, hopelessness, and isolation. Possibly irritability, and very often feeling guilty and ashamed you can pull yourself out of the black hole. Your relationships may be faltering or blocked. You may feel a lot of sadness, and sometimes feel like the crying will never stop. Your sleep is inconsistent, and it is hard to just make it through the day. I want to find ways to gently create space for the depression to be here, and to take small steps towards action and change.

— Amanda Rebel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wheat Ridge, CO

The primary presenting problems for most of my clients have been depression and anxiety.

— Mariah Dancing, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

I believe that seeking help is a sign of courage and strength. Striving to let go of suffering is courageous. Of course, many of our friends and family can be a great source of support, but they are not trained therapists nor are they unbiased. It is possible to feel better.

— Shari Grande, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Clara, CA

The darkness of depression can feel all encompassing. Depression can have many causes from suppression of emotions to unresolved trauma to biological makeup. I will walk with you through this journey to begin to return to your prior level of functioning and perhaps even further than that, to bring joy and pleasure back into your range of experiences.

— Sarah Bismack, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ferndale, MI
 

Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life.

— Franchester Edwards, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

Depression can present in so many ways, depending on many factors like gender, age, other presenting concerns, etc. I can help you sift through your concerns, and we can come up with strategies for getting you feeling better.

— Erik Elsberry, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

I can help you learn the skills you need to not feel exhausted all the time, have energy for things you love, stop feeling like a burden, & feel better about yourself & your life.

— Ashton Burdick, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cleveland, NC

Depression can be an insidious ailment that prevents you from living your best life. It can make daily tasks seem impossible, causing persistent sadness and loss of interest in the things you used to love. Using several different therapeutic techniques in addition to my personal and professional experiences with depression, I can help you in your recovery to lead the life that feels out of reach right now.

— Andrea Lynne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southbury, CT
 

Depression is a complex mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It involves persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed. Understanding the various causes, symptoms, and treatment options is crucial for managing depression effectively. Treatment can include therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and support from loved ones, helping individuals lead fulfilling lives despite the challenges of this condition.

— Dolynda Allen, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Lacey, WA

Caitlyn takes a psychodynamic approach to understanding the root causes underlying depressive symptoms. She explores how early childhood wounds and attachment patterns may contribute to negative self-perceptions. Caitlyn helps clients identify and challenge cognitive distortions that reinforce feelings of worthlessness. Through a collaborative therapeutic relationship, she supports those struggling with depression to process difficult emotions, grieve losses, and rewrite limiting narratives.

— Caitlyn Liao, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

The majority of my clients are experiencing some level of depression and/or anxiety, even if that is not the presenting issue. Depression looks different for everyone, so I don't look at it as a one size fits all approach. We need to identify what depression looks and feels like for each person in order to create a targeted plan and begin the healing process. Relief comes in various forms, and there is usually a combination of behavioral, cognitive, and feeling work involved in the process.

— Angela Taylor, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I have extensive experience in supporting adults overcome depression so that they can find joy and purpose in their daily lives.

— Allison Borrasso, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA
 

Therapy for depression is individualized based on your circumstances. There may be grief or past trauma that contributes to your low mood that we work through in therapy. Current stressors might have pushed you past your limits, & we will work to get you back on track. Some common areas addressed in therapy for depression are dealing with negative thoughts, learning new ways to interact with your emotions, exploring coping patterns, & trying out new ways of interacting with yourself & others.

— Bobbi Ballard, Psychologist in Marietta, GA

When you feel down, unmotivated, or too drained to face day-to-day challenges you know that something is not right. Everything seems like an uphill battle. Things that you used to do with confidence seem now like big obstacles that leave you exhausted. Therapy offers the opportunity to understand, at an emotional level, the enduring patterns in which you relate to yourself and others, thereby promoting deeper insight and greater self-awareness. This process can over time be healing.

— Dr. Claudia Perolini, Psychologist in Weston, FL
 

Depression can be an insidious ailment that prevents you from living your best life. It can make daily tasks seem impossible, causing persistent sadness and loss of interest in the things you used to love. Using several different therapeutic techniques in addition to my personal and professional experiences with depression, I can help you in your recovery to lead the life that may feel out of reach right now.

— Andrea Lynne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southbury, CT