Depression is more than just feeling sad.
Depression is diagnosed in almost 3 million people per year, according to the Mayo Clinic. Ongoing feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities that used to be fun, and even thoughts of ending your life can all be signs of this mood disorder. Depression can be ongoing, but it is treatable. For some, medication is needed to help balance chemicals in the brain that have triggered the symptoms. For others, counseling for depression to learn coping skills for handling stress and triggers to the symptoms can be enough.
If you notice the following symptoms in yourself or a loved one for an extended period of time, counseling for depression could be beneficial.
- Feeling worthless and focusing on past mistakes
- Sleep disturbances - either insomnia or significant increase in sleep
- Changes in appetite - most will have reduced appetite, some will crave more food
- Anger or restlessness that is more severe than normal
- Memory and concentration problems
- Low desire to participate in even small tasks
- Physical problems that seem to have no cause, such as headaches and muscle/joint pain
But I'm not having symptoms that are THIS bad. Could counseling for depression still benefit me?
Yes! Not everyone is experiencing severe symptoms. There are many different levels of depression. Often, you could be going through a particular situation that causes you to be depressed for a short period of time (we call that "situational depression) and you need support to get through it. Counseling for depression in these situations can help you learn how to get through what you dealing with now. You'll then have skills to take with you so that if you have a similar experience in the future, you'll have the tools to manage it yourself!
If you or a loved one are having severe symptoms of depression, including thoughts/feelings/statements of self harm or suicide:
- Call 911, go to your nearest hospital emergency room, or call a suicide hotline number — in the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
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