Psychologist located in Tampa, FL


Depression can significantly affect your quality of life, causing persistent sadness and the desire to withdraw from others and activities you once loved. If you or a loved one suffers from depression, turn to Jeffrey Morris, PsyD, at Morris Therapy Services, PLLC, in Tampa, Florida. He is a compassionate mental health expert who can provide the treatment needed. Call or book online to schedule an initial consultation today. 

What is depression?

Depression is a complex and often debilitating mental health condition that affects your emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. It goes beyond experiencing occasional sadness or low moods, representing a prolonged state of profound despair, hopelessness, and disinterest in life. 

Depression significantly impacts your daily functioning, affecting your thoughts, emotions, and overall quality of life. It’s a serious medical condition that requires attention, understanding, and appropriate treatment from a mental health expert like Dr. Morris.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of depression manifest in different ways, including:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Loss of interest in activities that once brought joy
  • Fatigue and low energy 
  • Appetite and weight changes (notable weight loss or gain)
  • Sleep disturbances (trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or not being able to stay awake)
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Social withdrawal

Depression can also cause physical symptoms like headaches, muscle aches, digestive problems, or other bodily discomfort.

What causes depression?

Depression results from a combination of factors, including biological aspects like imbalances in brain chemicals, such as serotonin and norepinephrine.

In addition, genetics can increase susceptibility, especially if you have a family history of depression. Environmental factors like chronic stress, trauma, or significant life changes often serve as triggers or worsen depressive symptoms. 

Certain personality traits like pessimism or perfectionism may heighten vulnerability to depression. Furthermore, some medical conditions, chronic illnesses, or medication side effects can also play a role in the onset of depression. 

How is depression treated?

Morris Therapy Services, PLLC offers effective treatment approaches, which may include:


Psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps you identify and modify negative thought patterns and behaviors or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which helps you to accept negative experienes and live a valued lifestyle.  


Dr. Morris may discuss a referral to a psychiatrist for consideration of antidepressant medications to help regulate your brain chemistry and alleviate symptoms.

Lifestyle changes

Engaging in regular exercise, maintaining a balanced diet, getting adequate sleep, and effectively managing stress can complement treatment.

Support system

Building a support system, that includes friends and family, or participating in support groups can provide emotional encouragement and understanding.

Mindfulness and relaxation

Practices like meditation, deep breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques can help manage symptoms and reduce overall stress.

With the appropriate treatment plan and support, you can effectively manage your symptoms and regain a sense of well-being. If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, call or click online to book a free consultation at Morris Therapy Services, PLLC, today.