Everyone occasionally feels sad or blue but these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness never seek help, but the majority, even those with severe depression, can get better with treatment. Psychotherapy, medication, and other methods can effectively treat those suffering from depression.
People suffering from depression often report the following signs and symptoms:
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, digestive problems that do not ease even with medical treatment
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempt
When Jessica works with clients living with depression, her overall approach is to help them understand that they are not their symptoms and they are not alone. She utilizes family systems therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and sensorimotor psychotherapy techniques. Also, Jessica and her clients collaborate and implement holistic strategies the client can use to improve mood and increase life satisfaction such as exercising on a consistent basis, eating nutrient dense foods, and increasing awareness through mindfullness.