Depression may present as physical symptoms including: stomach pains, headaches, and insomnia or excessive sleep. While the cause of depression is unknown, it can be triggered by trauma and difficult life changes. Depression can present differently in women and men.

People tend to suffer higher rates of depression after giving birth and in late fall. Depression and anxiety often make each other worst. People with depression can have difficulty concentrating on tasks and conversations. Some people abuse substances or overeat as a way of coping, leading to other medical problems. Depressed people are also at increased risk for self-harm and/or suicide.

Depression is a mental illness which is characterized by prolonged emotional symptoms including:

  • Apathy

  • Sadness

  • Guilt

  • Exhaustion

  • Irritability

Diagnosing depression involves an evaluation to see if you're symptoms are caused by a different disorder. A person must have been experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks to be diagnosed with depression. Therapy is not one size fits all and there are many effective ways to treat depression, including:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

  • Medication (I do not provide medications, so you need to meet with your primary care provider.)