Depression is a mental health disorder that affects mood, including how you feel, think, and behave. Everyone feels sad sometimes, but when it starts to affect your ability to perform daily tasks and your ability to enjoy things that typically bring you happiness, you may be suffering from depression. The symptoms of depression vary from person to person, but often include feeling miserable without a clear reason why, anxiety, agitation, insomnia or sleeping too much, hopelessness, changes in eating, and/or foggy thinking. Depression may also cause recurrent thoughts of death or suicide (or even a wish that it would all 'stop' in an abstract sense). If you think you might be suffering from depression, a qualified mental health therapist can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s depression experts today!

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To be depressed is to be scared that you are too bad or inadequate. You fear that your badness is going to corrupt other things and people in life, or that your inadequacy is going to keep you lonely the rest of your life. Both are terribly painful and working with a skilled psychotherapist can help. Change can come in the first 5 minutes of the session, but more realistically, it happens in the midst of a connected, honest, and supportive therapy relationship. You do not need to be living in so much guilt and shame. Give me a call today to talk about how therapy can help or to schedule your first session.

— Reid Kessler, Psychologist in Encinitas, CA

We have extensive experience working with a full range of anxiety, depression, & mood disorders. We also work with addictions, suicidal ideation and attempts, and self harm that can also be comorbid with depression.

— Stacy Ruse (Founder), Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO

Depression is a dark cloud that surrounds you in both space and time. It reaches into your past so that you only remember your failures and painful interactions. It reaches into your future so that you can only see a continuation of those failures and pains. Counseling can help you come back to the present and lighten that cloud so you can see more clearly what is actually around you. I help people reconnect with meaning and their bodies to lessen the force of depression.

— Peter Addy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Depression is a plague on our society today. Whether you are suffering from mild, moderate or severe depression you may have both situational and physical elements that need to be addressed in order to gain relief.

— Michelle Salzman, Counselor in Irving, TX

There is a difference between feeling depressed and being depressed. Everyone feels depressed now and again. Let’s face it, life can be tough. It’s when those feelings get in the way of daily activities and functioning that there may be something more going on. Depression can look different for each and everyone one of us. Let's talk about how we can address what is going on and create a plan to get you back to where you want to be.

— Teresa Coral-Clark, Clinical Social Worker in San Antonio, TX

I speak about depression from a standpoint of having learned about it during grad school, as well as from many clients over the years. However, I also have had depression since childhood, meaning I can speak about depression and its treatment from a personal standpoint as well. So when we talk about your feelings of hopelessness, despair, and lack of motivation to do much of anything, I really do know how that feels, and I really know how hard it can be to drag yourself up out of that feeling.

— Dave Payne, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Burlington, KY

We treat depression in all facets, whether it be Major Depressive Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, grief and loss, or just a general feeling of low-mood stress.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,

I provide treatment for acute depression using standard CBT protocols. However, I specialize in chronic depression. This is often chronic low-level depression with periods of severe depression. I have developed an extension of CBT that deals with the unrelenting self-judgement and self-criticism that underlie most chronic depression. Suicidal thoughts and feelings can be chronic and low-level (safe, but miserable) or severe (a possible threat to life). It's important not to confuse them.

— Etan Ben-Ami, Clinical Social Worker

In treating depression, we will look at the root causes of your depression and uncover unhealthy thought patterns and beliefs that lead to depressive thoughts. We will also explore your environment and assess if it is promoting your mental health.

— Jamie Glick, Counselor in Castle Rock, CO

It can feel uncomfortable or unfamiliar to advocate for your own wellbeing, but taking the step towards seeking support for yourself is a big step towards creating positive change in your life. You can do this!

— Amy De Jesus, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WINTER PARK, FL

Depression can affect one in many ways from lack of motivation to shower or get out of bed, complete a project, finding the negative in everything or using unhealthy coping skills to escape emotional pain. The manifestations of depression are sneaky. Depression is very common and treatable. We will work to help you get unstuck from sadness and hopelessness of depression by addressing your own unique experience.

— Beth Darby, Clinical Social Worker in Brentwood, TN

I have worked with many people - kids, teens, and adults dealing with depression. There are many sources of depression and several ways to manage it. I like to help people figure out what works best for them

— Jenna Wonish-Mottin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in The Woodlands, TX

Maybe you think there is not much point in trying to take better care of yourself. Maybe you have almost given up on the life you dream of. Maybe you have thought it would be better if you weren't here. These thoughts are common with people who are struggling in the desert of depression. Psychodynamic therapy can help you work on the emotional and behavioral obstacles that are keeping you from health. We will look at your story together and figure out how to improve it going forward.

— Tracy Bryce Farmer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I have worked on identifying and treating depression in children, teens, and adults for most of my career. Depression can be incredibly debilitating, but can also be very treatable with ongoing therapy and at times, medication management. I am confident in my ability to help you find ways to get back some of the happiness you once felt in your life.

— Tee Moschberger, Licensed Professional Counselor

But, there’s a way through to another side where life feels better. Therapy can help you see things differently, make changes in your circumstances, learn skills, and process the trauma and hurt that are a part of being alive. I know you’ve got this, but some help can make things feel less dark. Let’s awaken the powerful self within. You can learn to step out of your own way. You can wake up your intuition and listen to the inner guidance that’s offered to you every minute of every day.

— Olivia Clear, Counselor in Oakland, CA

Almost 15 years of helping those who are stuck and feel hopeless and helpless... seeking to find a way out and create the life they want and deserve.

— Amy Green, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Online, OR

I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is an evidence based practice to support those who have Major Depressive Disorder. I have found first hand in my career that this modality can help you to overcome symptoms you may be facing related to depression. I believe that I can help you to overcome these by better understanding why you think and behave in the way you do to regain control over your thoughts and body's reactions.

— Will Dempsey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

Depression doesn’t look just one way. There are many different types of depression and it can be experienced and expressed very differently depending on the person. There is something called persistent depressive disorder or dysthymia, which is a chronic low-grade depression experienced over a period of 2+ years as well as major depressive disorder (MDD), which is experienced episodically for a period of 2 weeks or more; you can experience one or both.

— Carissa Gustafson, Psychologist in Calabasas, CA