Depression is one of the most common reasons people choose to visit us for counseling services. If you’re struggling with depression, you are absolutely not alone. Many people deal with this condition, and the good news is, we can help. You don’t have to just accept that your “normal” is always a little sad, listless, or unmotivated. When you work with a counselor, you can process feelings and develop coping skills to start to feel better and lead a more fulfilled life. Below, we walk through the ins and outs of depression, how it impacts people’s lives, and how we can help.
What is Depression?
Depression is the name typically given to a group of mood disorders, including major depressive disorder. Depression is a condition that can have a negative impact on your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, making it difficult for you to perform daily tasks, maintain healthy relationships, and function at your best. We can help you effectively manage and move beyond this mood disorder.
How does Depression Affect People?
Commonly reported signs of depression are sadness and loss of interest, but every person’s experience is different. Some ways that people are commonly affected by depression include the following:
Sadness or depressed mood that does not directly correspond to a life event, that seems out of proportion with the event, or that lasts for weeks or months.
Loss of interest in activities that used to bring happiness or struggles to get motivated to complete activities.
Loss of energy or feelings of fatigue or malaise.
Feelings of worthlessness, uselessness, or guilt.
Difficulty maintaining attention, thinking clearly, concentrating, or remembering details.
Changes in diet – over or under eating.
Changes in sleep – sleeping too much or too little.
Thoughts of death or suicide.
Why Should I Consider Counseling for Depression?
If you’re still not sure whether or not counseling is right for you, we encourage you to take some time to think of how your depression has impacted your daily life just this week. Have you missed engagements with family or friends? Have you struggled to complete the simplest tasks like showering in the morning? Have you missed work? Have you wished for an escape? Disordered moods can strip you of control but working with a skilled counselor can help you regain your ability to thrive. During counseling, you’ll work with a clinician to understand why depression occurs, recognize the ways it impacts your life, and develop the skills to work through depression to lead a healthier life.
How do I Choose a Clinician?
In order to successfully achieve your counseling goals, you need to find a clinician who can provide a safe, supportive environment where you feel confident sharing your thoughts and feelings. It’s not always easy to talk about some of the tough subjects that arise during counseling sessions, so you should work with someone who makes you feel comfortable. At Mind Body and Soul, we have a team of knowledgeable clinicians who share a commitment to helping people, but they each have unique training and professional experience. Take a look at our About Us page. You’ll find more information about each of our clinicians. If you feel that one of our counselors may be a good fit for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us on the phone, via email at [email protected], or use our convenient online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you soon.