Washington DC Depression Treatment

Although everyone has times of feeling sad, blue, or down, for many, these feelings usually pass and do not interfere with ones ability to work and function in life. However, for those suffering from depression, these feelings can be debilitating and interfere with ones daily functioning. Some of the most common sypmtoms of depression are:

  • Feeling sad or empty
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Loss of motivation or interest in almost all activities, most of the day
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
  • Trouble thinking or concentrating
  • trouble sleeping or excessive sleep
  • Overeating or appetitle loss
  • Thoughts of suicide or attempts

This YouTube video gives a good overview of the signs and symptoms of depression:

Depression can take many forms, with the most common being:

  • Major Depression
  • Dysthymia
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Bipolar disorder

Treating Depression

Why do we get depressed? There are many theories about why we get depressed. Some include biological explanations, other look at the psychological components, and others will focus on the social aspects. There is no one cause, and the nature of the depression can vary from person to person:

Psychological reasons

In my experience, I have found a couple of common patterns that contribute to depression. The first is unresolved grief and loss. In this case, the client has experienced a loss (or more than one) of something or someone very important to them. This loss creates a cascade of painful feelings in which depression becomes the way we respond to these feelings. It is not pathological in the least to become depressed when we experience a loss; however, the problem is when the depression persists over time, sometimes for years. Thus, we say the loss is “unresolved”. Over time, this depression then comes to define how the person sees the world, themselves, and others: “bad things always happen to me”, “it will never get better”, “there is no use feeling good because I will just get let down again”, “I can’t trust you”, etc.