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Chains weighing mood down

Understanding Depression

Do you feel persistently sad, unmotivated, or like nothing brings you joy anymore? You're not alone. Depression is a common mental health condition, but it's important to know you don't have to face it alone. This page will equip you with information about depression and guide you towards finding the support you need to feel better.

What is Depression?

Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can affect your thoughts, emotions, and daily life in significant ways.

 

Depression can take various forms, including:

 

  • Major Depressive Disorder: Characterized by recurrent depressive episodes.

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia): A milder but long-lasting form of depression.

  • Bipolar Disorder: Involves periods of intense depression and mania (extreme highs).

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: Typically occurs in the winter months when exposure to natural light is reduced.

Could You Be Depressed?

Here are some common signs of depression:

  • Feeling sad, empty, or hopeless most of the day, nearly every day.

  • Losing interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed.

  • Changes in appetite or weight (significant weight loss or gain without dieting).

  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.

  • Feeling restless or slowed down.

  • Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or remembering things.

  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless.

  • Thoughts of death or suicide.

If you recognize these signs in yourself, there is good news! Depression is highly

treatable. Deciding to seek help is a brave step towards feeling better. 

Taking the First Step

 

If you recognize these signs of depression in yourself, seeking professional help is crucial.

 

At Night Owl Psychotherapy, I offer a safe and supportive environment to help you manage your depression and regain control of your life with evening and late-night appointments to fit your schedule.

 

Contact Night Owl Psychotherapy today for a consultation. Don't let depression hold you back any longer.

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