Depression affects more than 20 million people in the USA. At times, everyone feels depressed. It’s a normal emotional response to life’s challenges like the death of a family member or the loss of a job. However, if those emotions become so persistent that they prevent you from normal functioning, you might want to consider counseling.
Do I Need Counseling for Depression?
Depression is not the same as sadness or grief, which usually result from loss. While they may cause somewhat similar feelings, counseling for depression can help you identify the causes of your emotions and process them appropriately.
If you determine that your depression is actually grief or sadness, our therapists can help you recover from that too.
Your treatment plan might include a mix of traditional therapy, psychiatric care, exercise, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) or relational therapy for depression.
The objective is to help you recognize unhelpful thinking patterns, assess their validity and engage in alternative and healthier ways of thinking. Then, you can begin to recover from depression.
What are the Signs of Depression?
- A depressed mood or lethargy during most of the day, particularly in the morning
- A feeling of restlessness or being slowed down
- Diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities
- Extreme distractedness
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or guilt
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
How Can I Get Help With Depression?
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, our skilled therapists are here to help.