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Feeling sad from time to time is a part of life and an emotion we have all experienced during our lives. Clinical depression is different though and can affect your ability to function in daily life. Depression is one of the most diagnosed mental health conditions in the world. According to the World Health Organization (2020) more than 264 million people suffer from this condition worldwide and it’s the leading cause of disability. The good news is depression is highly treatable. Psychotherapy, medications, and sometimes a hybrid of both, are standard of practice for treating this condition.
Here are common symptoms associated with depression:
- Depressed or sad mood
- Diminished interest or pleasure in activities
- Changes in weight
- Changes in sleep (not able to sleep or sleeping too much)
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Trouble with concentration or attention
- Suicidal thoughts
At Associates In Psychotherapy, we understand that depression is painful, isolating, and can have devastating implications for your life. We also know that everyone’s story is unique and there are many variables that lead to one’s depression. It is our goal to understand your specific situation and history so we can tailor our approach to treatment. Our empathic therapists use researched based interventions to help each client better understand their depression, learn new skills to reduce symptoms, and to establish or regain a better quality of life.
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