“That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end.”
― Elizabeth Wurtzel,
Major Depression affects more than 16.1 million American adults, or about 6.7%of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. Depression does not require some kind of major calamity to cause it. Sometimes it just comes. Depression often saps the joy out of life and steals your energy. It can be difficult to get out of bed, be productive, reach out to friends, and be hopeful about the future.
The first step and usually the most difficult one is to come in and begin speaking about it. A person struggling with depression needs help gathering motivation, focusing on achievable goals, and finding reasons to hope again. If a major loss, life transition, or interpersonal relationship is at the source of your depression, we can begin to explore the situation and how to relieve the symptoms of depression. We all get knocked down in life. We get up easier when we have help.