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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Depression can steal your joy, leaving you feeling empty and unmotivated. As a therapist, I've seen the heavy weight it carries. We'll work together to understand your depression's roots and develop strategies to manage its grip. We'll explore healthy habits, build positive coping mechanisms, and rediscover the things that bring you light. You're not alone in this battle. Let's find hope and create a brighter future, together.

— Aaron Powell, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Vancouver, WA

Depression can have both a neurophysiological cause and/or primarily psychological in nature. It is an important step to figure out what kind of depression a person is experiencing and, so, I focus on this with my clients at the beginning of our Psychotherapy together. As a psychotherapist I focused on the psychological aspects of depression. One of the things I do is to help clients become more aware of their inner resources and use them.

— Robert Bowman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Depression stems from many things. Sometimes you have an idea where it comes from. It might be job issues, relationship issues, lack of life balance, poor health, grief and other sources. Other times you can't see any reason why you are depressed. In fact, you may believe you have every reason to be happy, but you are not. Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) is an overlooked source of depression and other symptoms. It's not about things that happened to you, but what did not happen for you.

— Donna Kerington, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

Depression is experienced by many individuals for a variety of reasons. There are a plethora of different triggers that onset the difficult symptoms one may face with depression. I have educated myself, over a decade practicing in the field, to best meed the needs of my patients dealing with depression. I provide a safe space, where patients can navigate their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Using DBT and CBT skills, I provide productive coping strategies for healthily moving forward.

— Ishanie Sanchez, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Staten Island, NY

Your sadness might be needing your nurture. Depression can be like a dark cloud that follows you around. Do you know what its saying? It can be difficult to navigate it on your own. In therapy, we'll explore and learn more about your: early experiences, triggers, negative thinking, behaviors, relationship patterns, boundaries, communication, needs and values in order to help you problem solve issues and feel confident and find joy again. You don't have to do it alone.

— Noemi Fernandez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

Depression is difficult as it make us feel stuck and like we can not do anything. In working with depression I believe the most important things to do is work on identifying values and engaging in committed actions towards these values no matter how small.

— William Martineau, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boise, ID

I use cognitive therapy and behavioral activation to help clients consider how habitual thought and behavior patterns may be contributing to their distress. I also teach mindfulness techniques to help my clients realize that there are tools at their disposal, every moment, that can help them see from new perspectives.

— Eric Eichler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a mood disorder characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness and a loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyable. It can have a profound impact on a person's thoughts, feelings, and daily life. It leads to persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness, loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities, changes in appetite or weight, sleep disturbances, feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness.

— Carole Goguen, Psy.D., Psychologist in Altadena, CA

I've worked extensively with depressed clients, and find the process of helping them access their core emotions and take empowering action in their lives very rewarding. Depression can be so painful, confusing, and debilitating. Whether the depression is short-term, cyclical, or chronic, we can get to its root and access your aliveness.

— Devin Bard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

I have experience working with individuals experiencing symptoms of depression are impacting their functioning and relationships. I understand that depression presents itself differently for each person and there is value in helping a client identify other emotions that contribute to depression. I understand the varying severity of depression and have experience in helping clients learn coping skills to manage symptoms and comfort in seeking support when needed.

— Suzanne Camos, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cedar Park, TX

I began my career working in psychiatric hospitals (in and outpatient) where patients were at the end of their rope. They felt they had no hope. As a clinician, I became very skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and finding ways to help the patient, with the help of the entire treatment team, get better and find their way again. From the "baby-blues" or seasonal patterns to severe depression, I have worked with it all and am here to help you too.

— Sydney Lucas, Licensed Professional Counselor in , PA

Engaging in various therapy modalities can effectively decrease your depression and uplift your energy and mood.

— Joanna Barrett, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Hanover, MA

Depression can rob you of your ability to feel anything good, like there's sand coursing through your veins instead of blood. With the right support, though, your circulation will come back. “Not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry.” — Anonymous “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” — Anonymous proverb

— Stephanie (Vee) Van Fossen, Counselor in Austin, TX

Black women are frequently undiagnosed for depression and when they are they frequently do not receive the necessary help. Black women languish unnecessarily to receive treatment. To improve outcomes receiving therapy from a culturally sensitive therapist can be a critical first step.

— Mary Jo Harmon, Mental Health Counselor

Depression is a tricky beast, because the root cause is so different for everyone. Let's bring a sense of curiosity to your depression and listen carefully to what it is trying to tell you. Maybe you are feeling unfulfilled in some way, maybe you feel isolated or lonely, perhaps you feel like nothing matters and everything is pointless. It may feel like there is no escape from the pit of depression, but I have healed from depression and helped others do the same. I'd like to help you too!

— Ursa Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Edgewater, CO

My experience with depression has involved working with the often varying and unique circumstances each client faces when coping with a wide range of symptoms, such as sadness, fatigue, and hopelessness. I like to focus on a trifecta of depressive symptoms that can be especially debilitating: anhedonia (or the loss/lack of pleasure and enjoyment), executive dysfunction (a deterioration in the ability to complete tasks and plan), and fatigue/pain.

— Dakota Fidram, Associate Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA