What is Depression?
Depression is a serious but common illness that affects 20-25% adults over the adult lifespan. It is one of the most common causes of disability in the United States. Depression counseling is available to help aide those affected by clinical depression. Although most people feel sad or low at some point in their lives, have stress, and experience grief, clinical depression is marked by a depressed mood most of the day and a loss of interest in normal activities and relationships for at least two weeks.
Signs of Depression
A person experiencing depression is likely to encounter difficulty coping with daily stressors and may feel helpless and alone. In fact, sometimes the most mundane of activities – getting out of bed, bathing, and dressing – can feel like an impossible feat. These challenges can influence one’s susceptibility to a decline even when in a positive mood, resulting in a negativity bias that informs all experiences.
Depression is associated with emotions such as anger, shame, and fear, and sometimes these emotions can manifest in the body in the form of aches, pains, nausea, and other complaints. Depression may cause feelings of tension or irritation and may lead to weepiness, and it is not uncommon to feel intensely fatigued without relief. In severe cases, a person may express no emotion whatsoever, and suicidal thoughts or behaviors are not uncommon.
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt every day
- Impaired concentration, indecisiveness
- Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
- Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day (called anhedonia, this symptom can be indicated by reports from significant others)
- Restlessness or feeling slowed down
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
- Significant weight loss or gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month)
Depression is highly treatable, and there are a variety of ways to address it. Depression counseling can help you recognize and access your strengths, your triggers, and put into place a solid plan for wellness. Counseling and therapy can provide tools to help you overcome the negative effects of depression. You’re already taking a great step in the right direction by reading this and contacting me. Please reach out for a free consultation regarding depression counseling options.