Everyone is sad at times, often in response to a setback, disappointment, failure, fear, or loss. But sometimes sadness endures. If you’re feeling depressed, you may be experiencing a more intense sadness, or being consumed with negative thoughts. Perhaps you've been physically and emotionally exhausted, or overwhelmed by the expectations and judgments of others. Therapy can help improve your mood and self-esteem, teach you effective coping skills, and help prevent further episodes.

Depression can feel like you are ‘going crazy’, and you may find yourself expecting (or others expecting of you) to ‘just get over it’ or ‘snap out of it’. But depression is actually a medical condition that is more than a feeling of being down in the dumps. Significant research has identified direct links in depression to imbalances in brain chemical levels. Some of the ways people experience depression include:


  • an inability to relax

  • unrealistic or excessive worrying

  • feelings of dread, apprehension, or losing control

  • feeling detached or disconnected

  • isolation and loneliness

  • hopelessness

  • self-loathing or self-blame