How Do You Know If It's Really Depression?
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if what you are feeling is just "blue" or if it is truly depression and requires professional help. It is common to second guess your own initial assessment.
If you're unsure, these common symptoms of depression may help you gain clarity around what you're experiencing:
Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
Loss of interest in daily activities. You don’t care anymore about former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping.
Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.
How Is Depression Treated?
There are a lot of differing opinions about the best treatment for depression. Many say therapy, but others insist medication or self-help may have the answers. One thing is for sure, no matter how dark it feels, all depression is treatable!
There are many effective and evidence-based treatments for depression in a counseling setting. Many find talk therapy to be effective, while others prefer the approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
The best treatment is the one that works for you!
WE CAN HELP
Many of our therapists specialize in helping clients work through depression.
Don't let feelings of helplessness, unworthiness, or self-doubt keep you from reaching out. You are worth it. We want to help.
She works primarily with adolescents and adults who struggle with depression and/or anxiety.
"I help those who are having a difficult time with certain issues or barriers to identify coping skills that work for them and resources that help alleviate those barriers."
DON'T STRUGGLE ALONE
During COVID-19 we have seen an uptick in cases of depression across the board.
Our team of mental health counselors are skilled in helping people like you overcome! We can offer you the education and resources you need to feel better. We also have counselors who specialize in working with children and young adults who are experiencing depression.
More On Depression
Your feelings, to some extent, are a result of how your body works and interacts with the outside world. Science is still working on ways to solve the chemical processes that lead to depression, and many people find that medication can help. However, medication only plays a part in recovering from depression. It is often our thought patterns that keep us bound in maladaptive behaviors.
At Mindsight, we have a variety of trained professionals who have studied these relationships for years and are passionate about using their knowledge to help people like you!
Your condition shouldn’t define you, and at Mindsight, we will always see YOU, not just your illness.
For children and teens, it can be even harder to ask for help because they may not even realize they are experiencing depression. If this is a concern for you or your child, we can help!
Whether too many bad days have piled up on you or you’re going through a major life change, depression is a legitimate illness that can affect your ability to do everyday tasks, such as socializing.
When your mood is low enough, it can be hard to motivate yourself to do even the smallest things, such as getting out of bed or taking a shower. This is a common symptom of depression and one that our professionals can work with you to combat.