Clinical depression or major depressive disorder is one of the mood disorders that effects millions of people. Long-term depression can have serious side effects for anyone, physically, emotionally, socially and economically. Sometimes depression treatment can last for many months or years. The longer depression lasts, the more likely it will be that you will suffer from some of the effects of long-term depression. It is commonly believed that depression is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. The good news is that depression is treatable with the right care, and as your therapist I will support you to get the help you need and start feeling better. The changes in brain chemicals can actively contribute to a person’s depression. Nonetheless, individuals who have persistent negative thinking patterns can develop depression precisely because these persistent thoughts change our brain chemistry. That’s why Cognitive Behavior Therapy works well for depression. It targets a person’s way of thinking about themselves and the world and helps them to reframe negative thought patterns.