Depression

Seattle Therapist for Depression

Depression is quite common, so if you are suffering from it, you are not alone. An estimated 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. suffers from some form of depression. It's not something you can get rid of by "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps" or "thinking positively."

Depression is a serious illness that can rob a person of a sense of joy and optimism and it can put a great strain on relationships and job performance. Depression can be triggered by a stressor such as unemployment, divorce or health issues or it can occur without any obvious cause.

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Sad, irritable and restless feelings
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities one used to enjoy, including sex
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details or making decisions
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt and pessimism
  • Low energy, feeling exhausted even when you've had enough sleep
  • Trouble with motivation
  • Headaches, stomach aches and other digestive problems
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

A milder, long lasting form of depression called Dysthymia often goes unrecognized precisely because it does tend to be less severe. It's what I like to call "Low grade depression." It can be experienced as a general feeling of low motivation, low self-esteem and a lack of pleasure. People with Dysthymia may assume that these issues are simply a part of their personality. Or they may believe that if they could only figure out how to have a better relationship or a more satisfying job, those feelings would go away. Though it is a milder form of depression, it can still have a very serious impact on people's lives. You may be able to function with Dysthymia, but you'll lack a sense of excitement and joy in life.

Treatment for Depression

Treatment for depression can involve therapy, anti-depressant medication or both. Some depression is helped by alternative medicine approaches, such as Naturopathy or Acupuncture. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy are both research proven methods for treating depression, and I use both in my practice. Sometimes, depression has its source in old traumas, in which case Lifespan Integration or EMDR might prove helpful. It can also be triggered by family and job issues. In these cases, therapy might involve helping you problem solve, develop better communication skills or assertiveness skills and decide what kind of changes need to happen in your life to get it back on track.

Please contact me at 206-228-6829 or Sara@SaraHiatt.com with any questions or to schedule an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you. My therapy office is in North Seattle, conveniently located near I-5.

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