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Depression and How Therapy Can Help

Definition of Depression:

Depression, clinically referred to as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), is a complex mental health condition characterized by a persistent and overwhelming feeling of sadness, hopelessness, or a profound loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed. To be diagnosed with MDD, an individual must experience these core symptoms, including a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure, for at least two weeks. However, please note that depression goes beyond mere sadness; it impacts every aspect of a person's life.

There are other types of depression besides MDD. They are Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Depression, Postpartum Depression, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and Atypical Depression. 

In addition to the core symptoms, individuals with depression may also exhibit a range of associated symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue: Overwhelming feelings of tiredness and low energy, even after a full night's sleep.

  • Changes in Appetite: Significant weight loss or gain due to changes in eating habits.

  • Sleep Disturbances: Insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleep).

  • Difficulty Concentrating: Decreased ability to focus, make decisions, or think clearly.

  • Feelings of Guilt or Worthlessness: A pervasive sense of self-blame or feeling unworthy.

  • Physical Symptoms: Unexplained aches and pains, headaches, or digestive problems.

  • Suicidal Thoughts: Thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

To illustrate the impact of depression, consider these real-life vignettes:

Vignette 1: Sarah's Struggle

Sarah, a successful young professional, used to thrive on challenges at work and enjoyed socializing with friends. However, over the past few months, she's been experiencing a persistent feeling of emptiness. She often cancels plans with friends, struggles to concentrate at work, and has lost interest in her favorite hobbies. Sarah's appetite has diminished, and she's lost weight. The constant exhaustion makes even simple tasks feel overwhelming, leaving her feeling worthless and contemplating if life will ever get better.

Vignette 2: John's Silent Battle

John, a middle-aged father of two, has always been the pillar of strength for his family. Lately, though, he's been increasingly withdrawn. He can't shake the overwhelming sense of guilt over minor past mistakes. His sleep is erratic, leaving him exhausted during the day. Despite his family's support, he believes they would be better off without him and has thoughts of ending his life.

These vignettes illustrate how depression can affect individuals from various backgrounds, emphasizing the importance of seeking help from a qualified mental health professional. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Veronica specializes in providing evidence-based counseling to support individuals like Sarah and John in overcoming their challenges. Treatment options, including therapy and medication, can significantly improve one's quality of life and help them regain a sense of well-being.

Take the first step towards a more fulfilling life. Contact Veronica at or 561-903-TALK(8255) to schedule an appointment today. 

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