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.
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 unhappiness and/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 drinking more 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 functioning.
Major depression 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.
Are you struggling to tell whether it’s depression or is it sadness? Find out here.
Depression counseling at Bluestone Psychological Services
Any provider practicing at the Bluestone locations can help a client overcome major depression but each has a unique approach. You may click on any of their names to see their full bios or we can recommend a therapist best suited to your needs.
Major depression 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. If you’d like to talk to someone about possibly having depression feel free to call us.
Have hope; you are not alone and help is available.