Major Depression

Depression Counseling & Therapy

Is Depression Counseling Right For Me?

It can be hard to admit the need for depression counseling.  But depression is more common than you think.  In fact, the only normal you know people are the ones you don’t know very well. The World Health Organization identifies depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide, with 350 million individuals affected globally.

How do I know if I have Depression?

You’ve been feeling blue for stretches of days. You find yourself avoiding responsibilities by sleeping more and avoiding social contact. You skip work or school, dodge phone calls from friends, and feel exhausted instead of rejuvenated after a good night’s sleep.

When nothing is conspicuously wrong with your life—but you actually feel miserable – don’t feel guilty for feeling miserable. Depression can make you feel as though you’re caught up on a hamster wheel – tired and burnt out with no end in sight.

Depression has many causes. Sometimes depression can be triggered by a major life event (such as a breakup, losing your job, making a recent move, after giving birth, or receiving a diagnosis of cancer) or a past trauma (physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, a near-death experience, or the loss of a loved one). Other times, depression strikes seemingly without cause and hits you hard on the physiological level—our genes can influence in complex ways whether or not we will develop depression.

Whatever the cause of your depression, one constant holds true: depression, although similar in expression to sadness, is far more severe and enduring.  Sadness fades.  Unhappiness becomes reclassified as depression when clinical symptoms affect day-to-day functioning for at least two weeks.

Warning signs of depression may include

Pervasive feelings of despair, futility, inadequacy, emptiness, loneliness, or hopelessness

Anhedonia: when the things that you once enjoyed no longer give you pleasure—you’ve lost interest in things you love

Sleep disturbance: persistent fatigue or insomnia

Appetite disturbances: nausea & difficulty eating or binge-eating

Anxiety, irritability, or restlessness (including muscular cramps, headaches, etc.)

Self-harm:  cutting, burning, or hitting yourself as a coping mechanism

Suicidal ideation: as your depression becomes increasingly unmanageable, you may begin to contemplate your own death as a means of escaping your situation and your emotions. Not everyone who contemplates suicide will attempt it; however, if this applies to you, we urge you to get help immediately.

Depression is temporary and treatable—but suicide is permanent!

Types of depression

There are my types of depression. Your depression may take any of these forms:

Bipolar Disorder: bouts of depression that are punctuated by episodes of mania, feelings of euphoria, high energy, decreased need for sleep, feelings of invincibility, racing thoughts

Depression with Psychosis:  although depression is also common in individuals with schizophrenia, psychotic depression occurs when an individual with depression experiences simultaneous hallucinations or delusions; unlike schizophrenia, most people with psychotic depression retain an awareness that they are hallucinating

Postpartum (peripartum) Depression: you become depressed in the weeks after giving birth, as your hormonal levels begin to bottom-out and you struggle to fight sleep-deprivation

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: when symptoms of severe depression appear every month during the week before your period starts and resolve shortly after you begin menstruating

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): occurs when you experience depression annually, with the change of the seasons. Most commonly, people with SAD feel blue in the fall and winter, when sunlight is at a minimum. But SAD may also occur in the spring and summer for certain individuals

Depression occurs more commonly in individuals with other psychiatric conditions, including substance abuse, eating disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety, and PTSD—to name a few.

How Can Depression Therapy & Counseling Help Me?

Fortunately, depression is often manageable condition. Your therapist will

Ensure your safety, particularly if you think you might be at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else

Help you identify the source of your depression and connect you with the best treatment options possible.

Your therapist may recommend

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: to help you identify “stuck” thought patterns and behaviors that may be contributing to your depression, replacing those ineffective habits with well-oiled coping mechanisms

Group therapy sessions: to allow you to connect with other individuals who are experiencing circumstances or emotions similar to your own

Couples or family counseling: to resolve problematic relationship or parenting issues that may be exacerbating your condition

Specialized treatments to address a particular condition (such as postpartum depression, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, etc.)

Alternative therapies such as mindfulness, meditation, psychotherapeutic yoga, equine therapy, or expressive arts as therapies to allow you to explore unconventional and innovative forms of symptom-relief

Let us help you help you regain control in the midst of chaotic situations and achieve a deeper level of satisfaction with your life

NewPath can help you silence self-defeating thoughts and manage depressive episodes — including generalized depression, Dysthymia, Postpartum Depression, and suicidal urges.

Don’t suffer alone.  Take that first step and call today!
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