What Causes Depression?

What causes depression? There is no single known cause of depression. Rather, it likely results from a combination of genetic, biochemical, environmental, and psychological factors. Research indicates that depressive illnesses are disorders of the brain. Brain-imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have shown that the brains of people who have depression look different.. read more →

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Depression?

  People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness. Symptoms include: Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness Irritability, restlessness Loss of interest.. read more →

What are the different forms of depression?

There are several forms of depressive disorders. The most common are major depressive disorder and dysthymic disorder. Major depressive disorder, also called major depression, is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once–pleasurable activities. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from.. read more →

What is Depression?

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings are usually fleeting and pass within a couple of days. When a person has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her. Depression is a common.. read more →

What Really Happens in Psychotherapy?

Often times we are not aware of our thoughts and our feelings, let alone aware of how those thoughts and feeling are impacting our behavior.  Three of areas of our inner life that we need to understand and monitor are: Thoughts and feelings Levels of anxiety Defenses Thoughts and feelings are often difficult to detect,.. read more →