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 ....
David Palmiter, Ph.D., ABPP
Waverly, Pennsylvania 18471
I like a quote by Stephen King: "Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us and sometimes they win." Depression is an internal enemy that is no more a person than leukemia or diabetes. Depression tells three lies: 1. Everything sucks. 2. It's your fault and 3. It can't be changed. Depression isn't done until it's victim takes his/her own life. The good news is that this type of problem can often be fixed through completing a good evaluation and following it up with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and sometimes, though not always, medication. As a man I'll never give birth, but I've given more rebirths, to people suffering from depression, than I can begin to count.