Do you have feelings of sadness? Loss? Anger? Do they impact your daily activities?
Without proper treatment, depression can get worse, but with treatment, improvements can be seen in a few short weeks.
Depression can be vastly different for each person and an individual, and can come in many forms. It is not possible to just “snap out of it”. Those who have depression may have low energy, hope, and drive; just getting out of bed can be difficult. You know that there are things that could help, like reaching out to friends, exercising, or engaging in a hobby. These actions seem impossible and exhausting.
Coping with symptoms of depression is not easy, but it is not impossible, even if it is severe and stubbornly persistent. The process begins with baby steps and allows you to start feeling better and better with each step you take. The first step is always the hardest, but is key in progressing toward more steps, which will enable the heavy fog of depression to lift and lead you to have hope of a healthy, happier self.
Depression can be caused by many factors that range from biological to circumstantial. A few of the common causes of depression include:
- Early childhood trauma
- Family history
- Certain medical conditions
- Brain structure
- Drug use
Symptoms of depression may include, but are not limited to:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Changes in appetite or extreme changes in weight
- Changes in ones sleep pattern
- Loss of energy
- Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Risky behavior
- Problems concentrating
- Increased physical pain
Talk to a professional about any symptoms you feel may be related to depression and what options there are for treatment. Talk therapy is beneficial for learning healthy coping skills for dealing with depression. Talking with a therapist lets you know you are not alone in dealing with depression. If you choose, medication can also help with depression. Going to a psychiatrist can help you decide if medication would be beneficial as well as which medication might help. Engaging in a healthy self-care routine can also help combat symptoms of depression. Self-care includes setting appropriate boundaries in your professional and personal life. It is ok to say no. Eating healthy, getting enough sleep, finding activities you enjoy, avoiding negative people and places, and limiting or eliminating alcoholic beverages are all beneficial to reducing symptoms of depression.
Seeking treatment for depression is not a sign of weakness, this is a mental illness that can be helped with professional treatment. Having depression can feel overwhelming; seeking therapy provides a safe environment to process your thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns that may be contributing to your symptoms. It is vital to find a counselor you feel comfortable opening up to. Remember, taking the first step is the hardest, but therapy will help you get to a healthier mental state.
If you are feeling suicidal please reach out for help!! The suicide hotline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for individuals in crisis. 1-800-273-8255.
Ready to start feeling better? I can help you work through and manage your depression. Call 972-468-1663 for a free phone consultation or click below to contact me via email.