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Depression is a leading cause of mental and physical impairment world-wide and can feel overwhelming and lonely for those affected by it. Those afflicted with depression often have a hard time seeing through the fog of the disorder. It is crucial, therefore, to foster awareness, compassion, and effective treatments for those grappling with depression. At Hess Psychological Services, we employ evidence-based treatments, holistic approaches, and the power of empathetic support systems to empower individuals to take back their lives from depression. Together, we can traverse the landscape of depression, to lead you towards a brighter, more resilient future.

What is Depression?

Depression is a common, yet significant, mood disorder that affects individuals in every corner of the world. Depression looks and feels different for everyone, yet is characterized by feelings of persistent sadness and unusual loss of interest in activities or pleasure from life. It may feel like irritability, or guilt, and can affect the way you feel, behave, and think. Depression often causes impairment when it comes to daily activities and, at its worst, can lead to feelings that life is no longer worth living. Some people may only experience depression once in their lives, but many have recurring episodes. 

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Depression is more intense and prolonged than having a case of the blues. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness, or hopelessness
  • Sudden outbursts of anger, frustration, or irritability.
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or activities.
  • Reduced libido.
  • Sleep disturbances and lack of energy.
  • Changes in appetite or weight.
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, and remembering.
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and self-blame.
  • Physical problems like body aches.
  • Thoughts of suicide.

Signs of symptoms of depression can vary depending on the age of the individual. Children and teens may exhibit different symptoms than adults who are suffering from depression, including increased irritability or body aches opposed to typical sadness.

Modalities of Treatment for Depression

At Hess Psychological Services, we offer a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy,  person-centered therapy, and mindfulness, in order to uncover the most effective solution for your unique needs. When it comes to establishing ways to cope and live with your depression, we know that there is no single treatment that works for everyone. 

Schedule a Consultation

If you are struggling with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or irritability and find that they are impacting your daily life, it is time to get the help you deserve. At Hess Psychological Services, we are dedicated to helping our clients restore harmony and peace to their lives. To schedule a consultation please fill out an online contact form.

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