“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.”

― Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

Diana Sturm depression therapist in Alabama & Florida

Welcome to my space for understanding and overcoming depression. I am dedicated to providing compassionate support and effective therapy to individuals who are battling the weight of depression. Whether you’re experiencing bouts of sadness and hopelessness or you are living with major depressive disorder (MDD), persistent depressive disorder (PDD), there is hope for a brighter, more joyful future.

What is Depression?

Depression is a complex mental health condition that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. It goes beyond occasional sadness and is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that once brought joy.

In addition to “stuffed” emotions, trauma, and negative thoughts, depression can also occur when hormones are out of balance, there is a low amount of exposure to the sun, or from an unhealthy diet or low amounts of exercise. I have personally experienced depression because my vitamin D levels were low and because my thyroid was low. If hormones are not balanced, therapy or medication will not work. All clients with depression should have their hormones (including D which is actually a hormone) tested by their medical doctor prior to starting counseling. Note: Vitamin D levels can be low even if you do get enough sunlight. Each person’s body operates differently and not everyone’s body processes sunlight to create vitamin D. Those people take a supplement under their doctor’s supervision.

Depression can manifest in various ways, including:

  1. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): A severe form of depression characterized by persistent low mood, loss of energy, and a range of physical and cognitive symptoms.
  2. Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD): A milder, but more chronic form of depression, often lasting for years and impacting daily functioning.
  3. Bipolar Disorder: A mood disorder characterized by periods of depression alternating with manic or hypomanic episodes.
  4. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Depression that occurs seasonally, often during the winter months when there is less natural sunlight. This is an indicator of low vitamin D.
  5. Postpartum Depression: A form of depression that affects new mothers, typically within the first year after childbirth.

How Can I Help You Manage Depression?

My mission is to provide you with effective therapy and support, helping you find hope and happiness in your life once more. Here’s how I can assist you:

  1. Specialized Therapy: I offer evidence-based therapy for depression, tailored to your unique needs. I will help you explore your current life situations as well as your past experiences. Together, we will explore the root causes of your depression and develop strategies to manage it.
  2. Understanding Depression: Gain a deeper understanding of the nature of depression, its triggers, and how it affects your thoughts, emotions, and behavior.
  3. Coping Strategies: Learn practical techniques and coping skills to manage depressive symptoms, including cognitive-behavioral strategies, mindfulness, and goal setting.
  4. Medication Management: If medication is deemed appropriate, I can collaborate with a psychiatrist to explore medication options alongside therapy.
  5. Support and Validation: Find a safe and nonjudgmental space here, where your experiences are validated, and you are supported every step of the way.

For those experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 988. For those who are not suicidal, you can still call the National Suicide Hotline or you can contact your local Warm Line. In Alabama, the Warm Line is Wings Across Alabama 1-844-999-4647. In Florida, The Warm Line is 1-800-945-1355. If you are in a different state, the national directory can be found at:

Contact and Appointment Information: If you are ready to embark on your journey towards managing depression and rediscovering joy, please reach out to schedule an appointment. Your path to embracing hope and happiness begins here.

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Remember, depression is treatable, and you don’t have to go through it alone. Together, we can work towards a future where you can experience the fullness of life, find meaning and fulfillment, and rekindle your inner light.