Are you feeling down and sad a great deal of the time? Do you feel daily life is overwhelming? Does emotional pain keep you from living the life you want? I want to help you rediscover your best self. Depression impacts your perception of the world around you, usually in a less-than-positive way. Many things that lead to your depression like the way you see yourself and your relationships with others might seem like inescapable truths. But what you might think you see clearly isn’t necessarily reality. Depression distorts the truth and leads you to perceive your life more negatively in general.

Major depressive disorder, or 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 functioning normally. Some people may experience only a single episode within their lifetime, but more often a person may have multiple episodes.

Dysthymic disorder, or dysthymia, is characterized by long-term (2 years or longer) symptoms that may not be severe enough to disable a person but can prevent normal functioning or feeling well. People with dysthymia may also experience one or more episodes of major depression during their lifetimes.

Minor depression is characterized by having symptoms for 2 weeks or longer that do not meet full criteria for major depression. Without treatment, people with minor depression are at high risk for developing major depressive disorder.

There are many effective treatments for depression that can help depression.