Clinical depression is a very common mood disorder that can affect anyone, yet women are twice as likely to develop depression as men.  Contributing factors include reproductive hormones, a differing female response to stress, and social pressures that are unique to a woman’s life experiences. 

Depression causes feelings of sadness, helplessness, and worthlessness.  Women with depression are likely to lose interest or pleasure in normal activities and may have difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.  Depression can be mild to moderate with symptoms of apathy, little appetite, difficulty sleeping, low self-esteem, and decreased energy or fatigue.  Or symptoms can be more severe. 


  • Loss of interest

  • Hopelessness

  • Mood swings

  • Social isolation

  • Weight gain or weight loss

  • Agitation

  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts of suicide

  • Physical symptoms – aches and pains, cramps, headaches, digestive issues, breast tenderness, bloating

  • Lack of concentration

  • Irritability

  • Trouble falling asleep

  • Fatigue

  • Feeling of sadness

  • Lack of energy

  • Feeling out of control

  • Panic attacks

  • Feelings of tension


How can counseling help?

Counseling can provide the skills and insights to overcome depression and get back to a life worth living.  At Joie de Vivre we give you the tools to change negative and destructive patterns that prevent health and wellness.  We provide a variety of treatment options with proven effectiveness in treating depression to heal the mind and body