Sometimes life can be overwhelming. And, despite your best efforts, the highs and lows of life can leave you feeling a deep level of sadness and depression.
Depression is very common. In fact, it is estimated that at least one in twelve adults in the United States report having depression. But if left untreated, depression can become serious and lead to major depressive episodes, self-harm, and suicidal behavior. This is even more likely to happen if you have been experiencing symptoms for a long period of time.
Symptoms of Depression
Some of the most common symptoms of depression are:
Feelings of sadness or emptiness that you can’t escape
Feeling hopeless or worthless
Loss of appetite
Loss of interest or pleasure in things that you used to enjoy
Lack of concentration
Depression Makes Life Challenging
It is normal to feel some of the symptoms of depression occasionally. But, if you find yourself experiencing these feelings for most of the day, almost every day, over a long period of time, then it may be time for you to consider getting depression treatment.
It’s important to remember that you do not have to experience every possible symptom in order to be depressed. Everyone is different. Some people may experience only a few symptoms. Others might be able to say that they feel many symptoms of depression. Also, you do not have to be diagnosed with depression to receive treatment for symptoms related to depression.
What causes depression?
All kinds of people can experience depression regardless of their age, gender, religion socioeconomic status, and religious beliefs. Depression can be caused by many different things, but ultimately depression has both biological and environmental causes.
Depression can be caused by biological factors. This means that depression can be caused by the chemicals in your brain being unbalanced. Some people are more likely to have depression if their family members also have a history of feeling depressed. Hormones and hormone changes during puberty or middle age can also cause depression. Depression is also caused by environmental factors. These may include things happening in your life, past or present trauma, grief and loss, abuse and neglect, and bullying.
Knowing where you are coming from and what you are dealing with can help, along with therapy, in your healing process. Another step that is essential to getting better is discussing any physical symptoms of depression with your doctor. It’s always a good idea to rule out any medical causes for your symptoms. Your doctor and your therapist can work together while you are in therapy for depression. It’s great to have as many people as possible working together to get you to the other side of your symptoms. Sometimes, medication can be helpful in treating depression.
How can depression treatment help?
Therapy for depression can help even if you are only experiencing a few symptoms of depression. At Mind X, PLLC, I take an individualized approach to therapy. Every client is different and experiences the symptoms of depression differently. Therefore, the therapy they receive needs to meet their unique needs.
Our Approach to Depression Treatment
Our licensed clinicians use a variety of different therapeutic methods to treat depression, including but not limited to:
How long does depression treatment take?
Just as each client is unique, so is depression treatment. Many different factors play a role in how long therapy will last. Some of these factors include: how severe your symptoms are, how often you feel them, and how long you have been dealing with them. To get a better idea of what your individualized treatment plan would look like...