Depression is a serious condition that affects nearly 1 in 10 adults in the US. At Endeavor Psychology, we have extensive experience helping clients manage and overcome depression. Depression both impacts and is impacted by an individual’s physical health, relationships, and quality of life.
At Endeavor, we leverage a number of therapeutic strategies – including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, and other client-centered depression therapies – to help clients regain quality of life, sense of self, and empowerment that are often diminished with depression. We can also refer clients to a medication provider or work with a client’s current medication provider to explore the use of medications to treat depression.
How do I know if I need Depression Therapy?
From time to time, everyone experiences sadness – for many these feelings pass quickly. But people dealing with depression can feel despair or sadness for weeks, months or years. People who are depressed often feel an overwhelming sense of hopelessness, restlessness, or anger that interferes with their daily activities – like pursuing interests, working, eating and sleeping. People who are depressed may withdraw from or even stop doing daily activities and may experience physical symptoms including chronic pain, headaches or stomach aches.
Depression may be caused by many factors — including biological, genetic, psychological, social or environmental conditions — and is often a sign of a mental, emotional and physical imbalance. Many people dealing with depression are also facing major life transitions (e.g., grief, moving to a new location, transition out of a job or into a new opportunity). Depression also often accompanies injury and illness – affecting people who are learning how to cope with, manage, adapt to and/or overcome major health challenges.
Although not everyone who is depressed experiences the same combination or severity of symptoms, the following are common symptoms:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms
- Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
(National Institute of Mental Health)
What is the connection between physical health problems and depression?
Other illnesses may precede depression, cause depression, or be a consequence of depression. Because depression and other illnesses interact differently in different people it is important to seek the assistance of a clinical health psychologist who is trained to understand how a client’s physiological, psychological, emotional and social context impact mental and physical health.
How can Endeavor Psychology help me address my depression?
Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable under the care of a licensed clinical psychologist; getting quality depression treatment is critical. If depression is untreated, it can impact and worsen other areas of life, including physical health, relationships, and success at school or work.
At Endeavor Psychology, we use a number of proven psychotherapeutic techniques to treat depression. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and various kinds of talk therapy to help clients:
- Understand and address the psychological, behavioral, interpersonal and environmental factors contributing to their depression
- Set goals and identify strategies to help clients enhance emotional and mental wellbeing
- Disempower negative or disorganized thoughts that may cause feelings of helplessness
- Develop strategies to alleviate pain and prevent later bouts of depression
- Cope with depression that may be affecting a loved one, family member or coworker
We can also refer clients to a medication provider or consult with a client’s current medication provider to help clients explore medication options.
While depression is highly treatable, the condition poses very serious mental and physical health risks if left untreated. If you or someone you care about is experiencing depression or searching for effective depression therapy, please contact us for a consultation.