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COUNSELING FOR DEPRESSION:
Having depression does not always mean a person is experiencing suicidal thoughts or can’t get out of bed. While this can happen to some people with depression, others can be depressed and still go to work and even, sometimes, fake being happy or “fine” until they are alone and able to let go of the façade. This can make it more difficult to tell if you are just sad or in a funk or if you have something more serious that needs treatment to prevent it from getting worse.
Depression, also called Major Depression or Clinical Depression, is a mood disorder that makes life difficult. While it presents differently in everyone, some signs of depression include:
- Difficulty engaging in your normal daily activities with your typical amount of energy
- Decreased or loss of ability to experience the enjoyment you used to find in your hobbies, work and/or relationships and often increased time alone, perhaps doing nothing
- Pervasive sense of unhappinessand/or irritable mood throughout nearly every day for a period of at least 2 weeks
- Difficulty identifying why they are feeling so low
- Loss of healthy habits, such as exercising and eating well, and an increase in unhealthy behaviors, such as drinkingmore than usual, return to smoking, poor food choices, increased TV watching, not taking as much care in hygiene and appearance
- Changes in sleep (too much, too little) and unintentional weight loss or gain
- Loss of a sense of meaning or hope in your life, which may cause you to question the point of your life and even if it’s worth it to continue living. (May or may not include thoughts or plans of suicide.)
- Feelings of guilt and/or shame that others close to you might say is unwarranted
The number of symptoms and degrees to which one feels them, is unique to each individual, so each individual’s diagnosis will indicate a range from mild to severe, depending on the number of symptoms a person has and how significantly those symptoms are impacting his or her level of function.
It is not possible for people to will or think themselves out of depression, which can cause great frustration for the sufferer and any loved ones also impacted by the person’s depression. As such, one person’s depression can impact not only their life but also lives of friends, coworkers, and family members. Major depression is not a sign of weakness or laziness; it is a mood disorder that can respond very well to psychotherapy. Left untreated, depression will often get worse and/or cause significant disruption is a person’s life and relationships.
IS IT DEPRESSION OR IS IT SADNESS?
Sometimes a feeling of depression hits suddenly and hard, making it easier to identify it as being out of character or making no sense. But when depression starts with a feeling of sadness that then grows and grows, it can be more difficult to know if you’re dealing with deep sadness or Major Depression. Distinguishing between the two and finding an appropriate approach to taking care of yourself is important to prevent an episode of depression from getting worse.
Indicators of Major Depression include:
- Throughout nearly every day for the last two weeks or more, difficulty engaging in your normal daily activities with your typical amount of energy.
- A blocked ability to experience the enjoyment you used to find in your hobbies, work and/or relationships.
- A low or irritable mood as your primary mood throughout nearly every day for a period of weeks and they will find it difficult to identify why they are feeling so low.
- Healthy habits, such as exercising and eating well, can be replaced by other behaviors, such as drinking more than usual
- Sleeping less well and/or unintentionally gaining or losing weight.
In cases of sadness, on the other hand, one will often find:
- A more transient low mood; it tends to come and go rather come and stay.
- A clearly identify a reason for their sadness, such as the loss of a loved one, and their
- The sadness is often triggered by memories or things in their day that cause them to remember that reason (e.g., seeing their deceased dog’s leash).
- Can still enjoy their relationships and other pleasurable things in their lives and can experience feelings other than sadness during their day.
While time often helps heal what’s causing a person’s sadness, sadness can turn in to depression. For this reason, it is important to keep an eye on your sadness or the sadness someone close to you is experiencing. Watch for the signs listed above and get help if depression appears to be replacing sadness. Left unattended to, depression can often get worse and/or cause significant disruption is a person’s life and relationships.
It is not possible for people to will themselves out of depression. Major depressed is not a sign of weakness or laziness; it is a mood disorder that can respond very well to psychotherapy. If, over a period of time, therapy alone is not bringing the improvement expected, there are many medications that can be added to your treatment. Have hope; you are not alone and help is available. If you’d like to talk to someone about possibly having depression feel free to call us.
There are many proven, effective treatments for depression. However, if, over a period of time, therapy alone is not bringing the improvement expected, there are various medications that can be added to your treatment.
Have hope; you are not alone and help is available. If you’d like to talk to someone about possibly having depression feel free to call us at 425-775-4059; text us at 425-409-9336, or email us at gethelp@BluestonePS.com. We are here!
Any provider practicing at the Bluestone locations can help a client overcome Major Depression but each has a unique approach. Here is a snap shot of the proven treatment modalities for depression and who specializes in them; you may click on any of their names to see their full bios for more information.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):
Interpersonal, Somatic (body) focus, Existential Therapy: