Depression is another common mental health issue that has the potential to contribute to life difficulties. Some of the features that are often associated with depression are overwhelming feeling of isolation, despair, and sadness. It can become a chronic condition if left untreated. Depression can cause significant distress or impairment in many areas, including social and occupational. Individual counseling can help establish healthy lifestyle changes, positive thought patterns, and behaviors that promote feelings of hope and confidence.
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
Characteristics of depression can include the following:
- Sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
- Diminished pleasure or interested in activities you once enjoyed
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Difficulties concentrating
Depression can feel like an inescapable dark cloud of gloom. However, even the most severe depression is treatable. If your symptoms have become unmanageable, it can be useful to speak to your doctor or a mental health professional who can help you overcome or manage these symptoms. Treatment can help you overcome reclaim your life and feel hopeful once again.
TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION
Treatment of your depression will depend on the type and severity of your problem. There are many treatment options for depression. Medication is one option which is best discussed with your primary care physician. Psychotherapy can be an effective form of treatment for many individuals. It can help uncover the root problems and causes behind your depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidenced-based treatment option that can help you change your negative thought patterns into positive ones. Your therapist will also help you identify lifestyle changes that will help alleviate symptoms such as developing a social support network and identifying ways to reduce stress.
Consider scheduling an appointment with Landmark Therapy today.