Mental health therapy and counseling in Central New Jersey including
MERCER COUNTY NJ • East Windsor, NJ • Ewing, NJ • Ewing Township, NJ • Groveville, NJ • Hamilton, NJ • Hamilton Square, NJ • Hamilton Township, NJ • Hightstown, NJ • Hopewell, NJ • Hopewell Township, NJ • Lawrence, NJ • Lawrence Township, NJ • Lawrenceville, NJ • Mercerville, NJ • Pennington, NJ • Princeton, NJ • Princeton Junction, NJ • Princeton Township, NJ • Robbinsville, NJ • Titusville, NJ • Trenton, NJ • Upper Free Township, NJ • West Trenton, NJ • West Windsor, NJ • Windsor, NJ • Yardville, NJ
MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ • Avenel, NJ • Carteret, NJ • Colonia, NJ • Cranbury, NJ • Dayton, NJ • Dunellen, NJ • East Brunswick, NJ • East Windsor, NJ • Edison, NJ • Fords, NJ • Green Brook, NJ • Helmetta, NJ • Highland Park, NJ • Hopelawn, NJ • Iselin, NJ • Jamesburg, NJ • Keasbey, NJ • Kendall Park, NJ • Kilmer GMF, NJ • Laurence Harbor, NJ • Menlo Park, NJ • Metuchen, NJ • Middlesex, NJ • Milltown, NJ • Monmouth Junction, NJ • Monroe, NJ • Monroe Township, NJ • Morgan, NJ • New Brunswick, NJ • North Brunswick, NJ • Old Bridge, NJ • Parlin, NJ • Perth Amboy, NJ • Piscataway, NJ • Plainsboro, NJ • Port Reading, NJ • Sayreville, NJ • Sewaren, NJ • South Amboy, NJ • South Brunswick, NJ • South Plainfield, NJ • South River, NJ • Spotswood, NJ • West Carteret, NJ • Woodbridge, NJ
MONMOUTH COUNTY NJ • Aberdeen, NJ • Allenhurst, NJ • Allentown, NJ • Asbury Park, NJ • Atlantic Highlands, NJ • Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ • Belmar, NJ • Bradley Beach, NJ • Brielle, NJ • Colts Neck, NJ • Deal, NJ • Eatontown, NJ • Englishtown, NJ • Fair Haven, NJ • Farmingdale, NJ • Freehold, NJ • Hazlet, NJ • Highlands, NJ • Holmdel, NJ • Howell, NJ • Interlaken, NJ • Keansburg, NJ • Keyport, NJ • Lake Como, NJ • Little Silver, NJ • Loch Arbour, NJ • Long Branch, NJ • Manalapan, NJ • Manasquan, NJ • Marlboro, NJ • Matawan, NJ • Middletown, NJ • Monmouth Beach, NJ • Neptune, NJ • Neptune City, NJ • Ocean, NJ • Oceanport, NJ • Red Bank, NJ • Roosevelt, NJ • Rumson, NJ • Sea Bright, NJ • Sea Girt, NJ • Shrewsbury, NJ • Spring Lake, NJ • Spring Lake Heights, NJ • Tinton Falls, NJ • Union Beach, NJ • Upper Freehold, NJ • Wall, NJ • West Long Branch, NJ

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Depression

What is Depression?
Depression is a serious mental illness; it's not something that you have made up in your head. It's more than just feeling "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days. It is feeling down and low and hopeless for weeks at a time. Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings are usually fleeting and pass within a few days. When a person has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment, but the vast majority can get better with treatment.

Signs and symptoms of depression
People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms will vary.

Symptoms include:
Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" feelings
Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
Irritability, restlessness
Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
Fatigue and decreased energy
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
Insomnia, early morning wakefulness, excessive sleeping
Overeating or appetite loss
Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease with treatment

LINDA KIBRICK and BILL RHOADS have extensive training and experience in helping people with their depression.