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You Don’t Have to Battle Your Depression Alone – Do you or your loved one feel hopeless or sad most days? Do you have a hard time getting out of bed or finding joy in things that once made you happy? Are you irritable, having difficulty sleeping, or feeling isolated from friends and family? While we all feel sad from time to time, when these feelings become consistent or debilitating, you or your loved one may be suffering from depression.
What Causes Depression
Depression is a chronic emotional state that leaves the individual feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless, and unable to participate or enjoy life. During a depressive episode, our brain does not recognize positive thoughts or emotions, focusing only on the negative. Unfortunately, we’ve developed a notion that we can “power through” because “whatever doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.” But the reality is that when depression is left unmanaged, it can impact your physical health, mental health, and overall quality of life.
Depression does not discriminate. It can impact children, teens, and adults alike. While occasional sadness is part of life, for individuals with depression, this sadness becomes all-consuming. These feelings go well beyond “a case of the blues” or feeling sad. Depression requires help from a mental health professional.
Common Types of Depression
- Major Depression
- Persistent Depression
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Psychotic Depression
- Bipolar Disorder
- Peripartum Depression (Postpartum Depression)
Characteristics of Depression
- Changes in mood
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Social isolation
- Change in appetite
- Loss of interest in activities
- Thoughts of suicide
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Inability to concentrate
- Inability to feel pleasure
- Overwhelming sadness
- Repetitive thoughts and/or behaviors
- Treatment-resistant physical symptoms (such as pain, stomach problems, chest pain, low energy, increased heartbeat, heavy breathing, etc.)
Support to Conquer
If your depression is controlling your life, we can help. The mental health professionals at City Counseling Center are dedicated to helping you identify the causes of your depression to develop a path forward. Our therapeutic support is designed to target problematic thoughts, relational patterns, and behavioral patterns that develop over time. When ways of thinking, behaving and relating are improved, depression typically decreases. Working together with your counselor, you will discover a path beyond your depression.
At City Counseling Center, we understand there is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy. We create an inclusive space where you will feel comfortable expressing your feelings and emotions. Our therapeutic solutions are tailored to your unique experiences and background to help you live a life focused on fulfillment – not depression.