Therapy For Managing Depression
Major depressive disorder or clinical depression involves the elevation and lowering of mood which can cause loss of interest in hobbies, changes in eating or causing impairment to complete daily activities. Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults in any given year. It usually appears first during the late teens to mid-20s.
Depression can come in waves or better known as episodes. Some common names for depression include major depression, persistent depressive disorder, perinatal depression, seasonal affective disorder, depression with psychosis, bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression. In order to be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must last at least two weeks and have affected your normal level of function.
Experiencing sadness, grief, and depression can look different and have different symptoms. Depression causes more disruption of normal life and will often come without warning or when life is seemingly “going well.” Therapy can help clients with depression lead a happier, healthier, and more satisfying life by working to help them resolve issues, take proper medication, and have an outside perspective.
Common Signs To Look For
If you suspect that a friend, family member, or you are experiencing depressive episodes there are some common signs you can look for. Not all of these symptoms will affect those with depression but are common among many.
- Loss of interest in hobbies or activities once enjoyed
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Slowed speech or hyperactivity (pacing)
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Changes in appetite (overeating or undereating)
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death
Tests, Scales, & Questionnaires
I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.
Drug and Alcohol Assessment Self Form by Judith Landau Consulting
(to assess if you have a problem with drugs or alcohol)
UNCOPE Questionnaire by Judith Landau Consulting
(An assessment for drug or alcohol abuse for self or concerned others)
“Living with an Addiction” Questionnaire by Judith Landau Consulting
(Signs that you have a family member with a drug or alcohol problem)
BAM Brief Addic
Certain medications or health conditions like vitamin deficiencies, brain tumors, or thyroid problems can mimic symptoms of depression so it is best to get these concerns checked out first before self-diagnosing with depression. Talk to your doctor about medications or other methods that should be tried before you begin taking antidepressants.
Seasonal Affective Disorder Compared To Clinical Depression
For those in colder climates that experience harsh winters, more people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Seasonal affective disorder leads to feelings of depression when there is a lack of light and changing temperatures. Symptoms of fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal come during the winter months and often start to dissipate when the spring weather comes.
Less commonly, some people may experience “summer depression” which starts in the late spring and lasts until the fall.
Light therapy and some antidepressants can help clients with SAD as well as proper psychotherapy. Relieving symptoms will not look the same for everyone, but therapy can help limit stress and give clients perspective about things to look forward to during the tough months. Staying active and connecting with peers can help keep symptoms of depression at bay. Family and friends can help comfort you and offer support during times when your mental health is low.
Treatment For Depression
Red Willow Counseling And Rehabilitation makes it easy to get help for your mental health issues and see life from a new perspective. Handling a problem yourself may not be enough to alleviate emotional concerns. Our team offers free phone consultations to help clients determine if therapy is the best option for them. People who have experienced recent life changes, lost a family member, or are struggling with stress can all benefit from therapy practices. Learn more about our individual counseling, couples therapy, and specific services for LGBTQ+ individuals on their individual pages.