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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You would conquer the world if you had the energy to get up and do it. Depression can hold you back from enjoying the many adventures life holds. Whether it’s camping, world travels, or conquering new skills, depression can feel like a black void or weight holding you back. In our work together, I'll help you make friends with your depression, see what it's holding onto, and work with it to help you gain traction.

— Timothy Kelly, Clinical Social Worker in Aurora, CO

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

I help people who deal with depression and shame get out of the negative spiral and feel better about themsleves. I have learned various skills including, psychoeducation, mindfulness, and body-oriented skills.

— Beth Levine, Clinical Social Worker in Rockville, MD

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.

— Roberta Ballard, Psychologist in Marietta, GA

Over the last 13+ years, I have worked with people who are struggling with varying levels of depression, some that included suicidal ideation. Our psychodynamic, "forward edge" approach helps people envision and create a future for themselves.

— Kate Smaller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

Depression is the ultimate downer. If you've ever suffered from it, you know what I mean. Sometimes it's a bottomless pit, sometimes it's like having the ground ripped out from under you, and sometimes it's like being held underwater while you struggle to breathe. One of the most common factors in the development of depression is feelings of inadequacy. These can be rooted in our childhood or even come upon us in adulthood. Either way we must find a better way forward and I can help with that.

— Andrew Brucker, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I speak about depression from a standpoint of having learned about it during grad school, as well as from many clients over the years. However, I also have had depression since childhood, meaning I can speak about depression and its treatment from a personal standpoint as well. So when we talk about your feelings of hopelessness, despair, and lack of motivation to do much of anything, I really do know how that feels, and I really know how hard it can be to drag yourself up out of that feeling.

— Dave Payne, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Burlington, KY

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

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’. But, you should know that you are not alone. Depression is among the most treatable of mental disorders. You can feel joy and happiness again!

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

The low energy, the black hole, the thoughts...If you are depressed and made it this far to read about how I specialize in depression, I want to praise you so hard! Depression can feel like overpowering energy that just doesn't let up. That you can't get out from under. I'm here to first hear how it has been affecting you and your life, to then create a space for us to find ways to simultaneously accept that depression is here--and to (baby steps) take action to activate your energy.

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

Do you struggle to find the motivation to get out of bed in the mornings? Do you feel hopeless and alone? Depression doesn't have to be with you forever. Give me a call today to get started.

— Julie Holburn, Counselor in Boulder, CO

People can struggle with various degrees of depression. Whether you feel yours is mild, moderate or severe. There are useful interventions to help you feel unstuck. If your having challenges sleeping, I can help by exploring sleep hygiene skills with you. If your mind is wondering and not able to stay in the present, working on mindfulness skills together an help. If you cant stop crying or cant leave your room or bed, we can work on opposite action or positive behavioral activation.

— Rachael Jordan, Counselor in Puyallup, WA

I work with clients to better manage and deal with their depression by providing effective tools and strategies. I utilize CBT to help clients identify and change negative cognitions and behaviors.

— Rodney Presley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tampa, FL

Are you feeling hopeless, isolated and not your usual self? Many of my clients find relief in realizing that their struggle does not own them and that there are many options available to once again have hope for their lives. I understand the social stigmas that come with label of being depressed, and thus aim to help clients sort out their environmental, biological and circumstantial factors while offering support and care through a very dark time in their lives.

— Jessica Clark, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in El Dorado Hills, CA

Many of us seek the support of psychotherapy or counseling at some point in their lives. Some come for relief from debilitating anxiety or depression, while others come for assistance in creating and sustaining stable and nurturing bonds with others. Some come to understand reoccurring anger or conflicts with loved ones, or the lingering influences of childhood experiences hardships that still impact their lives. Others come crippled by fears of expressing themselves authentically or trusting others, desperate to liberate themselves from the constraints impeding their lives, but unsure if such freedom is even possible. Others seek the help of psychotherapy to develop new ways of responding to circumstances that have been habitually problematic, to develop more capacity for intimacy or to experience more joy, ease and contentment in their lives. Whatever reason you are seeking support, I'd like to help.

— Rawna Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

Through my 8 years of experience in dialectics behavior therapy, I have a large amount of exposure and experience in working with individuals that struggle with depression. I use behavioral techniques to assist in challenge depressive symptoms on a daily basis.

— Sam Anderson, Clinical Social Worker in Golden Valley, MN