Understanding Depression: What You Need to Know

Depression is a common mental health condition that can make you feel sad, tired, and hopeless. 

It’s important to know the signs and when to seek help. In this guide, we’ll explain what depression is, its symptoms, when to get support, how an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) can help, and what you can expect during treatment.

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What is Depression?

Depression is a feeling of being down or sad that lasts for a long time. It can affect how you think, feel, and act. Sometimes, it’s caused by difficult experiences, changes in the brain, or other factors. Depression is not your fault, and it’s treatable.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or empty for most of the day
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Feeling tired or lacking energy
  • Changes in appetite, either eating too much or too little
  • Having trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

When & Where to Seek Help

Seek Help: If you’ve been feeling sad, empty, or hopeless for more than two weeks and/or it’s affecting your daily life.

Get help by talking to a trusted adult, like a parent, teacher, or school counselor. They can support you in finding professional therapeutic help.

Can Group Therapy (IOP) Help Me?

A Group Therapy (IOP) Program is a special kind of treatment for depression.

IOP Group Therapy offers therapy and support in a structured and intensive way, but you don’t have to stay in a hospital.

In an IOP, you’ll attend therapy sessions several times a week, where you can talk about your feelings, learn coping skills, and get support from others who understand what you’re going through.

What Can You Expect in Group?

During an IOP, you’ll work with a therapist who will listen to you and help you understand your feelings.

They will teach you new ways to cope with depression and give you tools to feel better.

You’ll also have the support and meet other people going through similar struggles, which can make you feel less alone.

Important Things to Know

It’s okay to ask for help.

Depression is a real illness, and getting support is important.

You’re not alone.

Many people experience depression, and there’s a caring team of people who want to help you.

In our experience, depression is the result of undealt with trauma.

It takes time.

Healing from depression doesn’t happen overnight.

Be patient and kind to yourself.

There is hope.

With a caring team of support and treatment professionals, you can feel better and live a happier life.


Depression is a common mental health condition, but it’s treatable.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, reach out for help.

An IOP can provide the support and tools you need to feel better.

Remember, you’re NOT alone, and there is hope for a brighter future.

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