Many people who seek therapy for depression have often suffered for a long time, sometimes without a clear understanding of what they are experiencing. Depressive symptoms range from sadness and irritability to debilitating symptoms that prohibit daily functioning.

Everyone can feel down, and be easily upset for a few days or a week. If things remain this way or get worse over several weeks, it is likely a more serious problem. Some people with depression ruminate (persistently over-think) about worries or negative beliefs and can’t get these painful thoughts to stop.

Depression can reach a level at which one feels overwhelmed and hopeless. Getting out of bed and facing the day may seem like an impossible task. Simply taking care of daily responsibilities like washing up and eating, much less getting to school or work can be challenging. Other symptoms of depression include under or overeating, sleeping a lot or less than normal, procrastinating, losing interest and thinking about dying or hurting one’s self. Without getting help, symptoms may worsen over time.


Psychotherapy can be instrumental and research has shown it to be one of the most effective treatments for depression. Establishing a good rapport with a competent therapist can help you navigate all areas of depression including, emotional, physical and mental symptoms.