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What is depression? 

It is completely normal to feel sad somethings. We all have ups and downs in life. This type of sadness usually passes and you are able to move on with your life. Depression (also known as major depressive disorder) is different. It can cause severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities like sleeping, eating, and working. It is condition that can affect anyone regardless of age.    

How do I know that I am depressed? 

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism

  • Feelings of irritability, frustration‚ or restlessness

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies or activities

  • Decreased energy, fatigue, or being “slowed down”

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

  • Difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening, or oversleeping

  • Changes in appetite or unplanned weight changes

  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and that do not ease even with treatment

  • Suicide attempts or thoughts of death or suicide

How will therapy help with depression?

Psychotherapy teaches individuals with depression new ways of thinking and behaving and helps with changing habits that contribute to depression.  

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