Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

By Nancy Stoops

Do you seem to be always sleeping or not able to sleep at all?  Are you eating everything in sight or suffer from no appetite at all.  Have you lost pleasure in doing the things that once made you so happy?  Are you unable to focus and concentrate?  If you are able to answer yes to the questions above, you may be suffering from some form of depression.

Depression comes in many forms. Dysthymic Disorder is a very mild form of depression.  People suffering from this are very functional but just don’t feel happy.  People suffering from severe depression aren’t very functional and need to be treated.  Severe depression can lead to suicide and must be taken seriously.  Bipolar Disorder involves a cycle of a very manic mood and then a fall into a very severe depression.  Many times the mania is accompanied by severe spending or some other risk taking behavior.  People suffering from Bipolar Disorder need to be on medication.  There are subtypes within these main categories that I won’t be expanding upon.

Depression comes from a lack of serotonins, a chemical produced in the brain.  Many people chose to take a pill that will put the serotonins you are lacking back into your body.  Exercise is also a great way to increase your body’s serotonins and to do it in a natural way.  Many of my clients are asked to keep a daily feelings journal as a way to help combat their depression as well.

Don’t let your depression or the depression of a loved one become a way of life.  Everybody should be able to feel the joy and depression stops us from doing that.  Take the time to journal, exercise and possible get some professional help you need to feel the joy in your life.

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909) 229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at stoopsshecter@earthlinknet.  You may purchase Nancy’s books, Live, Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at

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