Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses and affects more than 16 million American adults each year. It is normal to feel sad or upset from time-to-time, however it begins to become an issue when it interferes with your daily functioning and overall quality of life. Symptoms of depression may consist of: persistent sad or anxious mood, sleeping too much or too little, reduction or increase in appetite, loss of interest and pleasure in activities once enjoyed, restlessness, irritability, persistent physical symptoms (i.e. chronic pain or digestive issues), difficulty concentrating, difficulty with memory, feeling guilty or worthless, fatigue or loss of energy, and thoughts of death or suicide. There are many factors that contribute to an individual's depressive symptoms; research has shown that there are psychological, biological, social, genetic, and environmental factors that affect depression. Depression is among the most treatable of mental disorders and between 80-90% respond well to psychotherapy and medication (APA). A PeaceTree therapist can provide you with the tools, coping skills, and knowledge you may need to alleviate your depressive symptoms. To request a new patient appointment click here.