Have you found yourself feeling tearful? Less motivated than usual? Unable to find joy in the moments that you used to? Depression can be all encompassing and impact the way you think, feel, and handle daily life. It might change how much time you are sleeping, how much you are eating, or even the way you interact with friends and family.
Sometimes depression is situational, occurring because of something difficult that has happened in your life, such as a recent break up, financial worries, an upsetting move, sad memories, or a major loss. Other times, you may not understand or know what is causing your depression and this might feel scary to you. At times, depression may become especially scary if you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others. If this is the case, you can get immediate help by calling The Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or by going to your locale emergency room.
Your depression can improve
The good news is that depression CAN be treated. Not only can your symptoms be relieved, but psychotherapy can help you prevent or reduce recurrences AND help you to create a more balanced, healthier, and happier life. Depression treatment can help you reduce stress, physical symptoms, tearfulness, and upsetting thoughts and help you to increase your motivation, your ability to experience joy, and more.
Wondering if this is what you are experiencing?
The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) describes depression as:
If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Moving or talking more slowly
- Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
If you find yourself relating to this list, it is best to contact a professional to help you figure it out and help guide you in treatment.
Who can help?
Schedule with one of our depression therapists today!
The following therapists are trained to help you gain understanding and healing from depression:
Virginia supports individuals experiencing depression. She understands the everyone experiences different depression symptoms and she will tailor depression treatment to your unique needs. She will help you learn to see the patterns in your life that are holding you back and change these patterns for a more satisfying life. Virginia also helps clients release the pain caused by traumatic events in your life.
Lauren is a depression specialist. She is particularly skilled with supporting adolescents and adults manage their depression symptoms through offering a warm and supportive environment while providing the skills necessary to relieve the pain. Lauren is experienced with working with those that are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Ariel supports individuals and couples in a warm and inviting environment. She has experience supporting people manage mental health issues, such as depression, within their relationships. She does this by supporting both partners in being heard and understood about the ways that depression is impacting their relationship. Ariel also has extensive experience with substance abuse and use and understands it’s impact on depression.
Carly is a holistic pyschotherapist. This means that she understands there is a mind and body connection and that the way we feel mentally impacts us physically and the way we feel physically impacts us mentally. Carly provides psychotherapy for depression by supporting people in better understanding how to relieve their symptoms through a deep understanding of their bodies.
Deirdre offers depression treatment to adolescents and adults. She is also skilled in supporting families that are managing a depression diagnosis of one or more of the family members. Deirdre offers a calming space to explore the very difficult experience of feeling depressed and offers the empathy and support you need to overcome your depression symptoms.
We are depression therapists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to improve the relationship they have with themselves and others through taking good care of their mental health. We are here for you when you need us and we look forward to meeting you.