Get help for depression

Depression affects millions of people across the world. In the Unites States, more than 16 million adults or nearly 7% of the population, are affected in a given year. It is also the leading cause of disability in the United States for ages 15 to 44. There are several causes of depression and there are varied ways in which these causes can join together to ultimately form a depressive process. Genetics, significant life events, medication effects, medical conditions, substance use, as well as other variables can all play a role in the developmental of this potentially debilitating illness.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Common symptoms include

  • depressed or low mood
  • loss of interest in things the person previously enjoyed
  • feelings of worthlessness
  • poor concentration
  • thoughts of suicide
  • changes in sleep and/or appetite
  • amotivation

One does not need to experience all of these simultaneously in order to be struggling with depression. It is also important to know that depression can present differently for children and adolescents. Rather than presenting as sad and withdrawn, children and adolescents tend to demonstrate more anger and irritability. This difference can lead to misunderstanding or misdiagnosing the underlying cause of the behavior.


The children, adolescents, and young adults with whom we work often present with a lack of motivation, a dissatisfaction with their social life, a short temper, and an apathy about their future. They are typically resistant or ambivalent about receiving therapeutic care and therefore it is common to have a parent or loved one convince them to initially engage in therapy. Of course, this is a common archetype yet it does not capture every client that we work with who is struggling with depression.

Evidence-based treatment for depression

The most exciting news we get to deliver to our clients is that there are evidenced based treatments for depression and as a science we treat the illness quite well the majority of times. Our modality is integrative and holistic although primarily consisting of cognitive behavioral therapy. We also have relationships with other providers in the area to make referrals depending on the needs of the person. These can include medical, psychiatric, academic, wellness, and coaching services. In summary, depression is a multivariable mental health challenge that is very treatable although requires a holistic, evidence-based, and creative approach.

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