Depression is characterized by feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities, disturbance of sleep and/or appetite, difficulties concentrating or making decisions, feelings of guilt and, at times, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and suicide. Everyone gets sad sometimes. Depression is different from “normal sadness” as it tends to be longer lasting, more severe, and causes more distress or impairment. If you are unsure if you may be experiencing depression, give us a call or speak with your doctor or another mental health provider.
Our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are all connected. When someone becomes depressed, it is like seeing the world through a dark lens where everything confirms our negative beliefs about ourselves, others, and the future. In therapy we will work to identify environmental triggers, negative thoughts, and behaviours that are contributing to your depression and help you establish new routines and build skills to help you live the life you want to live.