Theressa McMorris, MS, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
208 N. Meadow St., Ithaca, New York 14850
Depression is misunderstood, widely experienced and for those who suffer from it, they are ripe for judgment from those whom have never had it. We know some things about depression. We know that it can be chemical but it is also situational. For whatever we know, we do know this. Depression is real and it can have devastating effects on a person, which impacts every aspect of life. It affects choices around food, alcohol, money, sex life, addictions, job performance, exercise, family relationships, parenting, etc. There is help. It is hard work. That’s the truth. There is a way through this pretty common part of life. If you think you are depressed, you probably are. There is no shame ....
Paul Darnell, D.Min., L.M.H.C.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Pastoral Counselor
315 S. Crouse Ave., Ste. 302, Syracuse, New York 13210
Depression is not merely feeling "blue" or "sad". It is much more profound. Depression is also a multifaceted condition. Simple depression can be the result of complicated grief or the aftermath of trauma. Deeper or major depression seems to have physical (neurochemical) as well as psychological components. Contemporary thought is that recovery from depression requires a combination of verbal/ talk therapy, social/ family/ faith community supports, life adjustments and, perhaps, medication. People often come to see me after medication alone has been insufficient.