Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Brain areas affected by depression

No Me Mireis!
No Me Mireis! (Photo credit: El Hermano Pila)

How would you describe depression? I tend to describe depression as a psychological, emotional, and physical disease. Here’s why:

  1. Psychological: depression is often characterized by how we perceive life and circumstances in our lives. For most people, depression becomes a reality when something troubling, stressful, or horrific occurs. For other people, their genetic make-up and life stressors led to depression.
  2. Emotional: Depression makes people cry, moody, irritable, negative, pessimistic, and a host of other things. For some people, they are nicer when depressed because it’s humbling. Quite frankly, some people need humbling! But in other cases, people become very hard to deal with because of their mood swings or pessimistic perspective about everything.
  3. Physiological: Depression has a great impact on our physical bodies. We feel tired/fatigued, experience multiple ailments, muscle tension, neck cramps, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and in some cases the flu.

Depression has been promoted as a biological disease with genetic components. While I agree with this, I’m not entirely sure I agree with the chemical balance theory, which states that we have low levels of serotonin in our brains when we become depressed. Research has shown very little evidence of this as true. However, I do believe that there are components of the brain that are affected by depression:

  1. Thalamus: Hunger and eating patterns ; sleep patterns; and hypervigilence
  2. Hypothalamus: mood and emotional expression; regulates energy level
  3. Amygdala: emotion center that deals with negative feels and emotional memories
  4. Pre-frontal cortex: thinking, social behavior, and personality. Sometimes its really difficult to concentrate when depressed and thinking slows down.

For a visual explanation of how depression affects the brain, click here.

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

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Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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