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Feeling low or down for a morning, day or even two days can be a normal part of life.  Sometimes, the low mood persists for weeks or months, and when it gets in the way of a person’s life is when many seek help.  Depression can be characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Persistent low mood

  • “I don’t feel like it” Lack of interest in things that once gave a person joy

  • “I’m not hungry” Significant weight loss when not dieting, or weight gain

  • “I’m so tired, and I can’t sleep” Sleeping much less or more than usual

  • “I can’t get out of bed." Fatigue or loss of energy

  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt

  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness

  • Suicidal thoughts



While it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of depression, a combination factors most likely contribute, including: genetics, family history, personality, environment, and social factors.




While hopelessness is a part of depression, there are treatments that bring hope for recovery.  With mild depressive symptoms, a combination of self-care, lifestyle changes, and psychotherapy can be an effective treatment.


For moderate to severe depression, medication including anti-depressant medication along with psychotherapy can be effective.  Philadelphia Wellness can provide effective psychotherapy for depression including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.  As a part of treatment, referrals to Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners will be given to assess whether medication is appropriate.


Mike at Philadelphia Wellness Therapy is a licensed, professional therapist who works with multiple modalities to help to treat depression.  Reach out to schedule a free consultation.

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