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Everyone feels sad or blue at times. However, when feelings of hopelessness or despair persist, for no apparent reason, depression may be an issue. 

Feeling empty, sad and hopeless is an exhausting way to live your life. When depression sets in, it can greatly impact not only your present life but also how you view your past and future. Depression can make you feel like you've always been this way and life isn't worth living. It doesn't help that you likely have no energy to devote to changing things for the better.  

Depression is one of the leading mental health disorders plaguing both the young and old. According to the World Health Organization over 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression - an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.  

Some common symptoms include: 

  • Persistent depressed and sad mood for longer than two weeks
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Irritability or feelings of restlessness
  • Reduced or no interest in things you previously liked doing
  • Physical symptoms including headaches, gastrointestinal upset, or other persistent aches or pains
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts


There are a number of factors that may increase the chance for developing depression: 

  • Genetics: A family history of depression may increase a person's risk for developing the disorder.
  • Abuse: Past physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can cause depression later in life.
  • Certain Medications: For example, some drugs used to treat high blood pressure can increase the risk of depression.
  • Conflict: Depression may result from personal conflicts or disputes with family members or friends.
  • Death or a Loss: Sadness or grief from the death or loss of a loved one can increase the risk of depression.
  • Major Events: Major life events such as moving, job loss, getting divorced, or retiring can be contributing factors to depression.
  • Substance Abuse: Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also have Major or Clinical Depression.
  • Serious Illnesses: Sometimes depression co-exists with a major illness or is a reaction to the illness.



At Counseling Connections & Associates, our providers are skilled at working with depression and the myriad ways it can negatively impact your life. Talk therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy and problem-solving therapy is an effective way to work through your depression, even very severe depression, with or without medication. 


After completing an initial evaluation, we will recommend a treatment plan that will include education, psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle changes, or a combination of these. 


We will help you learn how to recognize specific triggers for depression. Furthermore, through therapy, we will teach you how to identify unhealthy thoughts and behaviors that exacerbate depressive symptoms. 


If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of depression, contact Counseling Connections & Associates today to learn about our treatment options.  


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