Everyone feels sad or down at times and occasional feelings of lingering unhappiness for short periods of time is normal. However, if these feelings persist for a long period of time and interfere with your daily life, relationships, and overall well-being, counseling for depression can help you find hope and take back control.
Depression is as unique as the individual, and can affect children as well as adults. Some think that depression is only caused by a single defining event such as trauma or loss. While this can cause depression in a person, many factors and situations contribute to whether or not a person become depressed.
Some signs of depression are quite obvious to others, while some are not as noticeable. Feelings and signs of depression include:
- lack of interest in everyday activities
- withdrawal from friends or family
- chronic fatigue
- changes in appetite or sleep
- loss of sexual desire
- problems concentrating or remembering
- feeling helpless or hopeless
- increased irritability, anxiety, indecisiveness
- thoughts of suicide
- excessive self-blame
- self-harm behaviors
How can therapy for depression help?
Our caring and compassionate therapists can help you cope with and ultimately overcome your depression by identifying the source(s) of your sadness and teaching you skills and methods to help you find joy again.
Through the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), our therapists work with you to examine the cause and effect of your thought processes and behaviors. CBT enables the therapist to develop a custom action plan based on your specific needs and situation to stop unwanted habits and behavior patterns that cause your depression and replace them with new, healthy behaviors.
Another effective treatment for those suffering from depression is Psychodynamic therapy. Through this process, you can gain a better understanding of any unresolved conflicts or issues in your life that may be contributing to your condition and take steps to deal with them.
Types of Depression
Most people experience periods of depression at various times throughout life. We all have days when we feel “blue” or “down,” and these bad times usually pass. Problems at home, school, or work, divorce, losing a loved one and other difficult situations can cause a person to become sad, lonely, or scared. If these feelings persist and affect daily life and relationships, a person may be diagnosed with depression.
Major Depressive Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder is characterized by a person experiencing at least one Major Depressive Disorder (see below) in the last year. While Major Depression can be resolved without treatment, depressive episodes typically last six months and can make life incredibly difficult on the depressed person and their friends and family. In addition, without treatment the risk of suicide is much higher than those who seek treatment.
Major Depressive Episode
A Major Depressive Episode is diagnosed when a person experiences symptoms of major depression for two weeks or longer. These symptoms include:
- Loss of interest in activities
- Feeling hopeless
- Weight gain or loss
- Thoughts of suicide
Major Depressive Episodes can often be treated without medication. If your psychologist believes that medication might be helpful as well, he or she will discuss the matter with you and make a referral to a physician or psychiatrist for a medication evaluation.
Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)
Persistent Depressive Disorder is a form of depression characterized by a low, sad, or dark mood that is continually present for most of the day and on most days for at least two years.