Find Therapy for Depression in Seattle, WA

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Symptoms of depression affect millions of people across the United States each year, which makes it a common mental health issue and reason why people try to find a therapist in Seattle. While the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) clearly identifies several distinctive types of depression - such as postpartum depression, depression related to bipolar issues, and clinical depression (also referred to as major depression)- there are a few depression symptoms that are usually observed in people experiencing the condition. Some common signs of depression may include:

  • Persistent low mood
  • Low feelings self-worth
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Aches and pains that do not subside with treatment
  • Strong feelings of guilt
  • Low energy levels
  • Reduced interest in hobbies or social activities a person once enjoyed
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling on edge
  • Impaired decision-making
  • Reduced concentration
  • Persistent thoughts of suicide
  • Attempts to die by suicide

Though many people with major depression, postpartum depression, or other depressive conditions may experience a variety of symptoms, it is important to note that affected individuals may not experience all symptoms of depression. Nevertheless, if low mood and several other depression symptoms are persistent, therapists in Seattle may diagnose a depressive condition.

While the exact causes of depression may vary, there are several contributing factors that may be treated by licensed therapists. In Seattle, therapists may look at factors such as depression within the family, trauma, extreme stress, serious illness, major life changes, and other environmental, biological, or psychological issues that may put some individuals at increased risk for developing the condition.

The National Institute of Mental Health asserts that men and women of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds may experience depression. Treatment for the condition may involve various forms of talk therapy, the administration of antidepressant medication, or a combination of both therapeutic approaches.


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  2. National Institute of Mental Health. (2016). Depression. Retrieved from