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Chronic Sadness, Loss, Grief, and Depression

Chronic Sadness, Loss and Grief

Being human means we will sometimes feel sad. Within the experiences of joy and happiness, love and attachment, exists the possibility of feeling sadness, loss, and grief.

There are many variations on the theme of sadness in terms of its intensity, duration, and the other experiences that accompany sadness. If sadness becomes our dominant mood, it begins to erode our relationships and our ability to feel pleasure, happiness, and joy.

Loss and grief are most often characterized by feelings of deep sadness. Most of us have coped with some form of loss. Everyone's experience of grief is unique. In some cases, instead of grief resolving over time, it becomes chronic and persistent. This "complicated grief" can make it difficult to resume one's life and move on.

Sadness is an important aspect of human feeling and can tell us important things about ourselves. If you are troubled by a loss, persistent sadness or grief, therapy helps you work through your feelings and reconnect with the positive meaning in your life.


Symptoms of depression include difficulty concentrating or making decisions, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, changes in sleep, appetite or weight, low energy, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, and hopelessness.

Depression affects your ability to achieve goals that are important to you, sustain meaningful relationships, and take care of yourself.

Over thirty years of research have documented that depression affects how one thinks about oneself, the world, and the future. The good news is that although depression can significantly impact one's life, it can be successfully treated.

Many people suffering from depression have been significantly helped with psychotherapy. Therapy helps you change thoughts, feelings, and lifestyle patterns that accompany depression. By helping clients see how they might be reenacting negative patterns, therapy provides a new and healthier way of relating to oneself, the world and the future.

If you are depressed, it is important to get help. The importance of getting help for depression should not be underestimated. Psychotherapy can help alleviate depression, freeing you from guilt, hopelessness, and lowered self-esteem.