Depression is a mood disorder characterized by low mood that differs from general sadness. It involves significant changes in mood that negatively impacts an individual’s ability to function in daily life.
Relationships, work, and family life often suffer as a result, and pervasive feelings of sadness and emptiness often causes a person to withdraw.
Depression can affect someone’s quality and quantity of sleep, and can result in decreased “thinking power” and increase in physical complaints. Otherwise known as that looming, grey cloud, depression drains your energy and saps your motivation. You may feel exhausted, withdrawn and constantly fatigued.
Even getting up and out of bed can seem like a momentous task!
Depression can cause feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of problems, both emotional & physical, decreasing your ability to function, while at work and/or at home.
Depression symptoms range from mild to severe and can include:
Cognitive behavioural Therapy is an evidence-based therapy for the treatment of depression. It is the “gold standard” treatment choice, as research has consistently shown the efficacy of CBT in treating depression. Furthermore, research has shown that CBT is equally as effective as medication in treating mild and moderate depression.
CBT can help identify the core issues, negative beliefs, and behaviors that may be contributing to distress, teach healthy coping skills and strategies for your personalized “anti-depressant toolbox” to help you feel better long-term.
Mission Hill Psychology specializes in the treatment of depression so that you can meaningfully engage with your life again. Reach out today for a free 15-minute consult to see how we can help you!
We will find a date and time that fits your schedule – and we will keep sessions consistent and predictable, or flexible to fit your schedule.
We will focus our time on what is most important – YOU are the driver of therapy and change!.