Major depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. It is a serious mental health condition that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health.   Issues that often contribute to depression are painful thoughts such as self-judgments and feelings of loneliness and victimization, unhealthy interpersonal relationships, and an inability to manage crises.

Signs of Depression

Depressed mood most of the day; feeling sad or empty, tearful

  • Significant loss of interest or pleasure in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Significant weight loss (when not dieting) or weight gain; decrease or increase in appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Agitation; or slowing down of thoughts and reduction of physical movements
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • Poor concentration or having difficulty making decisions
  • Thinking about death or suicide

How can DBT help?

DBT teaches tangible skills to help you decrease your symptoms of depression. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), regular DBT treatments:

  • Improve motivation to change through positive reinforcement and modifying inhibitions
  • Improve self-destructive behaviors
  • Mindfulness helps you become aware of thoughts, feelings and behaviors
  • Emotion Regulation helps to better understand and regulate your emotions
  • Distress Tolerance offers skills to deal with negative and painful emotions
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness skills help you become more assertive and develop a stronger sense of self-identity