Overview of Depression and Mood Disorders
What does it mean to be depressed?
Many of us have had times when we have felt down and discouraged, had difficulties motivating ourselves, thought negatively of ourselves and our prospects, had trouble sleeping (or slept too much), not found things we normally like enjoyable, been irritable and short tempered, and had trouble motivating ourselves. We may have even questioned the point of living. If these thoughts and feelings follow a set back or stress, and if they pass quickly, they are likely a normal reaction to life’s vagaries and challenges. If these thoughts and feelings persist following a major stress or loss, they likely reflect difficulties adjusting to or coping with the loss or stress. If these thoughts and feelings are ongoing, if they worsen, and if they interfere with your functioning at home and work, you are most likely experiencing a Depressive Illness or Mood Disorder.
We can help!
Our first job is to help you determine if what you are experiencing is: a normal reaction to life’s challenges; difficulty coping with a loss or life stress; or a depressive illness or mood disorder. Our therapists are skilled in helping you make this determination.
We then work with you to develop a specific plan for treating your depression. This can include working with you on:
- Developing more effective ways to cope with current life stresses
- Eliminating or reducing the intensity and frequency of depressive symptoms
- Understanding the impact and effects of depressive illness/mood disorder
- Identifying more effective coping skills to prevent future episodes of depression
Click here for a Guide to Getting Help for Depression/Mood Disorders
For more information please go to:
Types of Depression/Mood Disorders (click here)
Treatment of Depression/Mood Disorders (click here)
Depression in Children & Adolescents (click here)