If you've been feeling more than "sad", you're not alone. Recent epidemiological studies indicate that nearly 10% of the adult population in the United States suffers from a mood disorder over the course of the year. Of those, nearly half are considered "serious" by mental health professionals. To put that into perspective, 1 out of every 12 people you know will suffer from a moderate to serious mood disorder this year alone. Depression goes beyond mere sad mood and can affect your energy level, ability to concentrate, memory, your motivation and sleep. For some, it even makes the will to live questionable.
The good news is that there are a variety of treatments that can help you get out of it. The even better news is that if you're reading this page, you've found a place where you can get help from Ph.D. level psychologists who are trained in the treatments that can help. Most people don't want to be in psychotherapy, but even more people don't want to be affected by a mood disorder, either. If you've been experiencing a great deal of depression lately and you think it might be more than just the "blues", get help.
Other pages on our site you might find of interest:
Ψ If it’s raining outside…: Reflections on the futility of hating your emotions.
Ψ What is DBT?: A broad interpretation of what DBT might mean to you.
Ψ Mind your emotion: A review of a recently published scholarly examination of mindfulness and emotion.
For a selection of books that we've found helpful, please view our recommended readings page.