It can be hard to admit the need for depression counseling. But depression is more common than you think. In fact, the only normal people you know are the ones you don’t know very well. The World Health Organization identifies depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide, with 350 million individuals affected globally.
You’ve been feeling blue for stretches of days. You find yourself avoiding responsibilities by sleeping more and avoiding social contact. You skip work or school, dodge phone calls from friends, and feel exhausted instead of rejuvenated after a good night’s sleep.
When nothing is conspicuously wrong with your life—but you actually feel miserable – don’t feel guilty for feeling miserable. Depression can make you feel as though you’re caught up on a hamster wheel – tired and burnt out with no end in sight.
Depression has many causes. Sometimes depression can be triggered by a major life event (such as a breakup, losing your job, making a recent move, after giving birth, or receiving a diagnosis of cancer) or a past trauma (physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, a near-death experience, or the loss of a loved one). Other times, depression strikes seemingly without cause and hits you hard on the physiological level—our genes can influence in complex ways whether or not we will develop depression.
Whatever the cause of your depression, one constant holds true: depression, although similar in expression to sadness, is far more severe and enduring. Sadness fades. Unhappiness becomes reclassified as depression when clinical symptoms affect day-to-day functioning for at least two weeks.
Fortunately, depression is often a manageable condition. Your therapist will ensure your safety, particularly if you think you might be at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else. Help you identify the source of your depression and connect you with the best treatment options possible.
Your counselor may recommend one or more of the following treatment methods to help you overcome your depression:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: to help you identify “stuck” thought patterns and behaviors that may be contributing to your depression, replacing those ineffective habits with well-oiled coping mechanisms
Group therapy sessions: to allow you to connect with other individuals who are experiencing circumstances or emotions similar to your own
Couples or family counseling: to resolve problematic relationship or parenting issues that may be exacerbating your condition
Specialized treatments: to address a particular condition (such as postpartum depression, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, etc.)
Alternative therapies: such as mindfulness, meditation, psychotherapeutic yoga, equine therapy, or expressive arts as therapies to allow you to explore unconventional and innovative forms of symptom-relief.
Let us help you regain control in the midst of a chaotic situation and achieve a deeper level of satisfaction with your life.
Lifeologie Counseling Dallas can help you silence self-defeating thoughts and manage depressive episodes — including generalized depression, Dysthymia, Postpartum Depression, and suicidal urges.
Don’t suffer alone. Take that first step and call today!