It is common to feel sad or in despair from time to time, but if this low mood persists it may be a depressive mood disorder. Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of feeling sad, down, or blue, to severe, persistent depression, which may significantly impact the way you think, feel, and behave. Signs and symptoms vary from person to person, but may include:
If these symptoms are interfering with your ability to go about your daily activities, such as work or school, if they are negatively affecting your relationships, or if you have unsuccessfully tried to “snap out of it” or “get over it,” then you may need professional help with your depression.
Treatment for Depression
Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for depression. Therapy gives you the necessary tools to develop good coping strategies for dealing with everyday stressors, better understand the causes of depression, learn how to identify and change unhealthy thoughts and/or behaviors, and set realistic goals for your life. Psychotherapy can help you regain a sense of control in your life and help decrease depressive symptoms. More serious forms of depression may require a combination of medication and psychotherapy.