Do you feel sad, empty or hopeless? Have you lost interest in the things that once brought you joy? Have you ever considered suicide?
If these emotions sound painfully familiar, you may be one of the more than 14 million Americans who experience depression in their lifetime. As many as one in every 20 people have symptoms serious enough for them to be medically diagnosed with depression, and many more have periods when they feel down and disheartened. Untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide in the elderly and suicide is the third most common cause of death among young people. If you are feeling any of the symptoms below and think they may be due to depression maybe it's time to consider depression therapy.
Symptoms of depression:
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Sadness, anxiety, hopelessness
- Loss of pleasure in your daily activities
- Crying spells
- Fatigue, restlessness or irritability
- Sleeping problems
- Suicide attempts, thoughts of suicide, or death
- Poor self-image
- Inability to concentrate, memory loss, or difficulty making decisions
- Physical symptoms such as stomach complaints or body aches
- Losing or gaining weight
- Alcohol or drug abuse
Depression can be caused by a variety of different factors, including stress, hormonal changes, trauma and genetic influences. Medical conditions, such as heart disease or cancer, also can result in depression. People of all ages and backgrounds can be affected by depression, but it is twice as common in women as in men. The symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening, with some patients experiencing such severe emotional pain that they contemplate suicide. In these situations, depression counseling is imperative.
While some misguided people assume depression is a sign of weakness, the truth is that depression is an illness that can be treated with depression therapy. A doctor may be able to identify possible medical causes for your depression. Medication and therapy may be recommended to treat your symptoms. Remove (A counselor also may suggest beneficial) lifestyle changes such as exercise, nutrition and relaxation add (are beneficial as well.)
Benefits of depression counseling:
- Identify the source of your depression so you can minimize your feelings of sadness
- Learn to adjust your thinking so you have a more optimistic outlook
- Help you to enjoy living again
- Increase your energy and decrease fatigue
- Improve your self-image
You don't have to let depression deprive you of the happy life you desire. A counselor can help you to evaluate your life and to identify the reasons you are feeling so sad. You can banish the blues and begin to look at life in a more positive way. Schedule an appointment today.
May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace. Romans 15:13
Why do people seek therapy?
People choose therapy for many reasons. Some are facing an unexpected crisis, such as a divorce, a death in the family or a dramatic lifestyle change. Others want to explore their personal attitudes, emotions or childhood issues in an effort to launch positive changes in their lives. Still others are trying to conquer stress, anxiety or other problems that are preventing them from finding the joy in their daily lives.
What can therapy do for me?
Therapy can help you to find solutions to problems that are holding you back in life. Through counseling, you can explore issues from your past and begin to set goals for your future. Therapy can help you to clear your mind so that you can realistically appraise your life and make positive changes. You also can learn effective problem-solving techniques, helpful communication methods and other valuable skills.
What can I expect during a session?
Therapy gives you an opportunity to speak to a caring professional about your concerns and begin taking steps to resolve your problems. Counseling sessions are 50 minutes in length, and weekly visits typically are recommended to start and can be adjusted based on your needs. It is important for you to spend time between sessions working on the issues discussed each week.