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 30 years experience working in mental health. In that time I have worked in multiple psychiatric hospitals and have conducted over 10,000 suicide assessments in an Emergency Room. I am definitely comfortable helping you manage your Depression.

— Gregory Custer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

Sometimes the reason why someone becomes depressed is not immediately clear to them. Whereas others will attribute their depression to particular life circumstances: loss of a job, loss of finances, loss of a loved one, physical limitations, illness, aging. Some people report they are depressed because they feel helpless or hopeless about changing some aspect of their life. Others report feeling blocked or stuck in guilt, fear, or shame. Whereas others feel their very existence has no purpose or meaning. Also, it is common in depression not to feel connected to others. These are very valid and real forms of suffering. Through 20+ years of research and clinical practice with thousands of patients, I know just how very serious depression can be. I utilize a tailor made set of proven therapy modalities because everyone is unique with their own history and personality, no two people experience depression in the same exact way.

— Dr. Shawna Freshwater, Clinical Psychologist in Miami Beach, FL

I have experiencing working with individuals to manage depression through CBT, DBT, and other modalities.

— Caley Johnson, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA

Depression can be crippling and take living out of life. There are many ways to address it. For most people treatment includes a combination of interventions such as: changing thoughts, creating new routines that foster self confidence/self worth/self esteem, increasing support, help to stop doing habits that foster depression, recognizing past and current hurt/disappointment and learning how to manage it.

— Rebecca Scott, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist in Pleasanton, CA

It's completely normal to feel down or depressed sometimes. Every human will. That doesn't mean we're helpless or it's hopeless (even if it seems that way!) I'll work with you to address the negative thoughts, judgments, and self-criticisms you have. When you're down you may not feel like doing anything or talking to anyone, which only makes you feel more isolated and lonely. I'll work with you step back from the cloud of depression to be more mindful in the present moment.

— Daniel Paulus, Clinical Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

As we go through life there are many events that can shape our perspective and impact our mood- Trauma, death of a loved one, lifestyle, loss of relationships, work problems, family/marital problem, etc. can all be contributing factors. In my experience- depression has been one of the top reason why treatment is sought. As a clinician who focuses on providing evidence-based practices like CBT- I can help you break out of depressive spirals and lead the balanced life you desire.

— Breeza Quezada, Clinical Social Worker in Orange, CA

When no one knows along with you just what your world is like, the whole world, and life itself, can seem meaningless and bleak. Crushed dreams, thwarted aims, endless fog, and a feeling of never being good enough can all mark the descent into a seemingly bottomless pit where anything good seems impossible. There may be an important part of you, yet unknown, who holds a map showing the way through. Let's find out together.

— Aleisa Myles, Psychologist in Media, PA

Depression can come in many forms and may be harder to recognize since we may think of it only when we see depictions of chronic tearfulness or feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness. Depression often looks different for everyone and many individuals who seek therapy have depression but are still able to maintain a job, as well as social and romantic relationships. Those same individuals, though, may often feel trapped inside, and stuck in these feelings.

— Michael Bricker, Psychologist in Chicago, IL

Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Also, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, negative thinking, and thoughts of suicide may be present. One in six people will experience depression at some time in their life. Many people don’t understand that you can’t just ‘snap out of it’. There’s no magic solution. But, you should know that you are not alone. Depression is among the most treatable of mental disorders.

— Kevin W. Condon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marietta, GA

The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide. I work with patients to address their unique symptoms associated with their depression while simultaneously addressing the root of their problem.

— Samuel Gilbert, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

I've treated adults in all stages of life who struggle with depression, whether it's a recurring experience or a single episode. I primarily use a psychodynamic approach to increase awareness around when and why depressive feelings are triggered, and mindfulness techniques to detach from stress, to notice and reduce the tendency to be swept up by negative emotions, to be more present in relationships and feel more connected to others, and to restore a sense of hope and vitality.

— Pamela Hamer, Psychologist

When you’re depressed, it can feel like you’ll never get out from under a dark shadow. However, even the most severe depression is treatable. So, if your depression is keeping you from living the life you want to, don’t hesitate to seek help. Of course, just as no two people are affected by depression in exactly the same way, neither is there a “one size fits all” treatment to cure depression. Therefore, I provide an individualized treatment to fit your unique needs.

— Rebeca Melendez, Counselor in Coral Gables, FL

Depression looks different for everyone and therefore we explore the possible reasons and, of course, solutions for coping and learning. I use a whole body/life approach: we examine current life situations and whole health, the relationships amongst all and work toward a path of recovery. Mindfulness, EMDR, Cognitive therapies and body movement are just examples of possible treatment methods.

— Anita Van Dyke, Counselor

Depression can be managed. There are a variety of ways to overcome depression. I have several suggestions on how to manage a depressed mood. Depression is chronic and/or situational. It is debilitating in how we manage or don't manage our lives. I provide my clients a specific treatment plan on how to cope and overcome depression. My background and specialty is supporting clients to identify and practice new goals to treat depression. Finding hope is possible.

— Nancy Bortz, Therapist in Denver, CO

I use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to assist my clients in identifying unhelpful thoughts about themselves and the world that may be interfering with their ability to actively engage in a life that feels meaningful to them. I also use Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques to assist in collaboratively building motivation towards meaningful change. I have received extensive training in CBT and MI in my years at the VA; I successfully completed a 6-month intensive training in MI in 2016.

— Jen Aakre, Clinical Psychologist in Minneapolis, MN

Depression can have some serious lows, but you don't have to stay in a depressed mood. We will examine how life experiences, past and present, can contribute to seeing the world and personal experiences in an unsatisfying light. We'll explore the root causes of depression to sow healthy seeds of happiness which will send you on your way of living the life you desire!

— Natasha Lamb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Jacksonville, FL

As a social worker I have worked with many people living with depression. I have taken trainings in CBT, motivational interviewing and managing symptoms of depression.

— Joseph Beinlich, Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

Depression is pervasive and it does not always look the same from person to person. Many parents bring their child or adolescent to therapy for "anger issues" and most of the time the anger is a sign and symptom of profound depression. I utilize play therapy, mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients with depression move into a healthier and happier way of life.

— Logan Druckman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

Most individuals at some point in their life will experience depression. Whether it manifests as overwhelming sadness, fatigue, withdrawal from interests, isolation, lack of motivation, hopelessness, or apathy, it's one of the heaviest things a person can experience in their lifetime. While it may feel as if there's no light on your horizon, I'm willing and ready to get in the boat with you and sail until we find the shore together. There is hope, and there is space for healing.

— Keith Miles, Mental Health Counselor