Depressive disorders are serious and debilitating conditions affecting approximately 7% of the U.S. population every year. These disorders are multifaceted and often characterized by difficulties far more serious than simply feeling down or responding to adverse life circumstances with sadness. When depressed, we often experience intense feelings of dysphoria, our thinking becomes biased toward negative information leading to hopelessness, and we may develop feelings of helplessness that perpetuate depressive symptoms. Depressive disorders are therefore complex systemic conditions that can gravely affect how we think about ourselves and others, how we feel physically, and how we experience emotions. At their core, depressive disorders interfere with our ability to experience joy in addition to intensifying our experiences of guilt, loss, and sadness. Thoughts of suicide can develop or become more serious during depressive episodes, so it is critical to address depressive concerns as early as possible. If you are currently experiencing a few of the following symptoms, psychotherapy can offer alternatives to assist in maintaining your safety and wellbeing:
Depressive disorders pose a substantial risk to your wellbeing. Reaching out to a mental health provider can greatly improve your mental and physical health. If you would like to find out more, get in touch. We will get back to you as soon as possible.