Depression Therapy in Saint Paul

What is Depression?

Depression may also be referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression. It can have any number of underlying causes, symptoms, and effects on your life. While this is one of the most commonly diagnosed mood and cognitive disorders, it is also one of the most serious conditions I treat. Depression can dramatically impact every part of your life. Just getting up in the morning can be a struggle. Work, diet, sleep, self-care, and relationships can all be adversely impacted by untreated depression. If you’re struggling with depression, don’t force yourself to act the part or ignore your condition. Instead, give me a call to begin your journey toward improved mental health at Venture Therapy.

Am I Depressed?

In order to be diagnosed as depressed, your symptoms should be present for at least two weeks. There are a number of different types of depression, including persistent depressive disorder, postpartum depression, psychotic depression, seasonal affective disorder, and bipolar disorder. Each form of depression has unique signs and symptoms. Some of those warning sign that indicate you may be suffering from depression include:

  • Feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, or emptiness

  • Hopelessness, listlessness, or pessimism

  • Irritability

  • Changes in behavior

  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness

  • No longer feeling interested in activities

  • Lack of energy and fatigue

  • Restlessness or struggle staying still

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

  • Forgetfulness or failure to remember details

  • Difficulty sleeping, including oversleeping and insomnia

  • Changes in diet and weight

  • Aches, pains, and digestive problems

  • Considering suicide or self-harm

How Does Therapy Help with Depression?

Depression is treatable. It can take time and effort but working with a therapist can help to take some of the burden of this process off your shoulders. Therapy sessions for people struggling with depression give you an outlet to discuss your thoughts and experiences, set goals, and access and utilize your strengths. As you begin to address negative thinking and other underlying concerns that contribute to depression, you can start to move toward a healthier and happier life.

What Can I Expect from Therapy for Depression?

Working with a therapist is proven to reduce risk of self-harm and suicide for those who struggle with depression. It may not be the only treatment you need, but therapy should usually be a part of your healthcare plan for depression. With therapy, you gain experience and develop skills to cope with depression and its side effects.