This may be a new feeling for you or a problem that you've been struggling with for a long time. It is more than just sadness or "the blues." We often try to shake it on our own, but sometimes we need a little help and guidance to learn how to keep that dark cloud from lingering over our lives. One of the most challenging and painful things about depression is feeling very alone, even when we're with close friends and family. We feel hopeless, sometimes helpless. It affects our sleep, our thoughts, sometimes just our ability to function each day. Therapy helps with addressing depression by helping you to learn how to change specific thoughts and behaviors that get in the way of your feeling better. It helps with making a big difference in how we cope and in our outlook of life in general. Therapy is designed to help you to move toward overcoming depression.