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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Sadness, lack of interest, feeling worthless, guilt, and questioning existence.

— Vineel Maharaj, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I utilize cognitive and behavioral techniques to treat mood disorders, with a focus on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). In addition to these therapies, I also teach and reinforce skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT).

— Sara Gorcos, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, or simply going through the motions of life, it can be a great challenge. You may find that you struggle to get out of bed in the morning, perhaps weighed down by the feeling that life is just too much to bare. Everyday tasks can feel like crushing obligations. Perhaps you neglect to pay the bills, fail to do household chores or have difficulty caring for your children because you simply can’t muster the energy needed to function normally throughout

— Renisher Roberts, Psychotherapist in ,

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

Depressions is a fact of life for so many. When you have a total loss of motivation and apathy about everything going on around you, life gets that much more difficult. Things pile up, relationships suffer, and you'd just rather stay in bed. I help clients learn to accept that depression is not being lazy or a character flaw, but something that just happens. I teach ways to be kind to yourself while this is happening and assess what to put your limited energy toward.

— Jacqueline 'Jackie' Abeling, Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

Depression is a tricky beast. It convinces you that things are hopeless and unfixable, and that joy will always be elusive. If you're reading this, however, you have tapped into hope and you're ready to make a change. I'm here to help you make that change. There are a variety of tools and techniques we can use, and I'm committed to finding the ones that are right for you. I welcome and actively seek feedback from my clients to ensure that we are on the right path to achieving wellness.

— Cristina Cousins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis, MO

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

I help people overcome depression in a mindful and relational way, utilizing evidence-based interventions. This means giving space to your in-the-moment internal experience and focusing on how depression shows up for you in your everyday relationships.

— Sophia Boissevain, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

There are many different levels of depression. Some make it seemingly impossible to get out of bed, while others go to work and participate in daily life without as much joy as they once had. Finding a way forward to happiness or back to a happier place is hard work. Having a professionally trained person on your side at times can be the key to moving towards being happier.

— Dr. David Shoup, Psychologist in Pacifica, CA

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

Feeling like you suck, everything sucks, & will always suck? Having trouble sleeping, withdrawing from your friends or family? Wondering what the point of life is anyway? Finding it harder to motivate yourself or enjoy things you used to like doing? Therapy can help you feel like yourself again. Through CBT, let's upgrade the thoughts & behaviors bringing you down. Through DBT, we'll develop personalized strategies for stress management, emotion regulation, & interpersonal effectiveness.

— Lisa Andresen, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

I treat the range of depression, whether you feel persistently low and perhaps do not know why, or if you feel sad and overwhelmed due to a recent trigger such as a loss or end of a romantic relationship, or perhaps you have experienced recurring depressive episodes over time. I use a mix of structured techniques to help improve your mood and broader insight-oriented exploration to better understand your triggers and path forward. (**I do not currently treat patients with suicidal ideation)

— Dawn Johnson, Psychologist in Washington, DC

I worked in a high volume medical clinic as a behavioral/counseling specialist on a medical team, and I have completed hundreds of assessments of individuals who have major depressive disorder. I have worked most extensively with depression, since it is one of the most common mental health disorders. I have used many best-practice treatment tools to work on goals related to alleviating depression. I specialize in persistent and recurrent depression, as well as existential depression.

— Lisa Ritter, Counselor in Beaverton, OR

Depression is a debilitating shadow that, if allowed to grow, will block you from your true self, healthy desires, and creative expression. We must uncover what is getting in your way. We will do this with love and patience, as it takes time to identify and heal wounds, break through blockages, mend relationships, and make different choices. But please know, it is absolutely possible for you to re-align with a timeline that is healthy and happy for you.

— Jess Thompson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

Depression affects people in various ways: Ruminating (worry, dwell on, or rehash of negative feelings). It can look like negative self-talk, sudden crying spells, feelings of guilt, or blaming oneself. It can also show up as anger or apathy. Know that depression may also include anxiety or even substance use. If you think you are suffering from depression, know that relief IS possible.

— Jacqueline Connors, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa, CA