How do I know if I have depression?

I had a very troubled up bringing and I'm currently dealing with alot right now. I know some people may not think so, but to me its a lot. I feel overwhelmed. Could this be depression?

I use to be in therapy as a child. Alll throughout elementry, middle, and high school I had counseling 2-3 times a week. I haven't be in counseling lately though.

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

What matters most is how you feel and what you're doing, with whom you're interacting, whether you feel you've got enough interaction to be happy.

Whether or not a clinician would decide to identify you as "depressed" matters much less than how you actually are feeling, if you have some ideas as to what might improve your sense of being, and how to go about reaching your goals.

If therapy during your childhood made you feel better and you feel you may be depressed, then trying therapy at this point in your life, makes sense.

The worst that can happen is you find you feel better than you first understood.

The best that can happen is you find a caring therapist who helps you find faith in yourself again.

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.

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