Do I have Depression?”

Have you ever wondered this to yourself? We all go through periods of sadness, especially when dealing with grief and loss, big life transitions, or unexpected struggle. However, when these periods of sadness persist for longer than two weeks, and begin to negatively impact your ability to function within your relationships, or at work or school- this would be more indicative of clinical depression. 

Symptoms of depression as defined by the DSM-5 (the diagnostic manual of mental illnesses) include: 

  1. Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day. For example, feeling sad, empty, or hopeless, or others observing that you appear tearful. Adolescents may exhibit an irritable mood.
  2. Reduced interest or pleasure in most activities, most of the day, on an ongoing basis
  3. Decrease or increase in appetite, or weight loss or weight gain of at least 5% of body weight in a month, when not dieting or trying to lose or gain weight
  4. Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, restless sleep, or sleeping too much without feeling refreshed
  5. Psychomotor agitation or retardation, meaning a slowing down of cognitive functioning or speech, leading to difficulty carrying out normal daily tasks
  6. Fatigue or reduced energy nearly every day
  7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
  8. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
  9. Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide

Ok so how can therapy help?

Therapy can be life changing when it comes to depression. Treatment can include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is a type therapy that helps you to understand the connection between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. CBT involves unearthing core beliefs that we may have held since childhood that keep us stuck. CBT also provides solutions for how to shake these core beliefs loose, and eventually change the way we think, feel, and behave. 

Treatment for depression may also include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a type of therapy that also involves recognizing the connection between our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It also incorporates a strong emphasis on being able to hold several truths at once (dialectics), and an emphasis on interpersonal effectiveness. 

Treatment for depression may also include talking about and working through different past traumas, attachment issues, and childhood experiences.

At Wildflower Therapy, our therapists have extensive training and years and years of experience working with folks struggling with depression. We will work with you to determine the best type of therapy for you, and completely individualize the work that we do together. We recognize that you are the expert on you- so we like to collaborate and work together in a non-hierarchical way to create a plan of action. 

How do I get a therapy appointment?

If you are ready to make the call, we are ready to answer! You can email us at wildflowertherapyllc@gmail.com, or call 215-668-9356 and ask for a free consultation call to see if one of our therapists might be a good fit. We typically return calls and emails within 24-48 hours. We would truly be so honored to help you.