Counseling Specialties


Depression is a very serious medical illness that influences people's attitudes towards themselves and others. According to the National Institute Of Mental Health more than 19 million Americans suffer from clinical depression. There are several signs and symptoms that a professionally trained provider can determine if you have clinical depression. Symptoms include persistent sadness or irritability most of the day for at least a two week period. Additional symptoms are loss of interest or pleasure in social or work activity, loss of appetite, inability to sleep or excessive sleep, feelings of hopelessness with accompanied suicidal thoughts. Treatment for depression includes psychotherapy that is aimed to help people develop new coping skills. Research has shown that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment in changing negative thinking patterns and moods. As in all medical problems, medications may sometimes be considered along with psychotherapy.