In adult life, depression can make completing personal and professional tasks difficult; lack of motivation and feelings of hopelessness compound this problem, creating a cycle of withdrawal that is difficult to break. Symptoms may include fatigue, lethargy, persistent thoughts of death or dying, and feelings of worthlessness. Depression may be triggered or exacerbated by a variety of factors, including complicated grief, unresolved trauma, biochemical factors, and work and relationship stressors.
Effective treatment plans for depression are holistic, and involve some combination of: individual therapy, couples or family therapy, mindfulness training, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and group therapy. Adjunctive treatments such as yoga, naturopathic treatment, and/or psychopharmacology may also be recommended.