Tanya Ruckstuhl Valenti, LICSW

What is Depression?

“What is Depression?”
Tanya Ruckstuhl-Valenti

(cont'd) that can cause depressive symptoms, I work with my clients to understand their history and how that history is influencing them today, and then together we create an individualized approach to resolving depression.

Mental health is, among other things, about living a life in which you have the freedom to choose: free from addictions, compulsions, and owning a personal sense of control. Living a life in which you feel good about who you are and how you are liHowving

“What can I do to make it better?”

If you think you may be experiencing depression at this time, here are a few ideas to get you started on the road to recovery:

Start seeing a therapist and make a plan together!

  • Make an appointment with a qualified therapist so that you will get the support you need. Friends and family members can be wonderful sources of support, but a professional who is experienced in your illness is important. Just the process of making the appointment will give you a sense of progress and hope. My number is: 206 375-7690
  • Beware of alcohol and other recreational drugs. Alcohol is a depressant and thus will worsen symptoms of depression. Drugs can interfere with the effectiveness of antidepressants and contribute to anxiety, in addition to placing one at risk of health and legal problems. If you are currently using alcohol or drugs don’t let that stop you from seeking professional support from a therapist.

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