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You’re feeling down, struggling in your relationships, and dissatisfied with your job. It seems you’re in a dense fog. Your clothes aren’t fitting quite right these days; maybe it’s hard to squeeze into them. Or you are hanging loosely on your body.

Your mind is filled with negative thoughts or feelings of guilt, and you’re not enjoying all the things you used to do that make you who you are. These are the signs of depression.

Understanding depression

There are many different ways that a person can experience depression. Symptoms may include:

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, emptiness, worthlessness, guilt
  • Loss of interest, motivation, energy
  • Disturbances in sleep, concentration, eating habits
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

The common thread is that the symptoms become intrusive enough that they get in the way of your daily life.


Сalmerry. Healing From Depression: Which Treatment is Right for You? Calmerry -. Published February 2023. Accessed September 15, 2023.

Psychodynamic therapy

When you first think of treatment for depression, you might also think of the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Psychodynamic therapy originated with Freud and is also sometimes called insight-oriented therapy because it involves looking back into your childhood to help you understand yourself.

It is less structured than other forms of psychotherapy, so you have plenty of room to freely associate and make connections between the difficult things that you experienced in your past and the way you cope with challenges now.

You’ll work with your therapist to identify your defense mechanisms and relationship issues. Your therapist will also help you to uncover important information about yourself that shows up during your interactions in therapy.