Depression can show up in many different ways- depending on the person. For example, children and teenagers often become increasingly irritable when struggling with depression, while adullts typically feel increasingly sad and isolative. Many people can have "high functioning" depression and appear to others as "having it all together" when on the inside, they feel miserable- often making it more difficult to admit to the feelings of depression.
Common symptoms of depression
- Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Sleeping issues (too much, too little)
- General feelings of sadness most days
- Loss of appetite or increased appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Slow movements (feeling weighed down)
How therapy can help
Therapy is extremely effective in treating depression. I use cognitive behavioral techniques in which we will explore how your thoughts and behaviors impact your mood. I will also teach you how to change your negative thoughts and ways to increase your mood using positive healthy coping skills while increasing your connections to supportive people in your life.