Therapy for Depression
What is Depression?
Depression has been described to me as feeling like you have no shine, a feeling that you’re sinking, as overwhelming or prolonged sadness, and as a loss of energy that touches all parts of life.
Clinically, Depression is characterized as a common mood disorder, and depression can be anything from mild and situational to a severe psychological issue.
Depression is a serious but common mental health condition, affecting one out of every ten adults in the United States.
In some cases, depression can lead people to negative thoughts and, when severe, thoughts of suicide.
With both physical and emotional symptoms, depression can affect one’s thinking patterns and physical health.
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Symptoms of Depression
Here we go… but before you read the list of depression symptoms remember that this isn’t every feeling you might have if you’re depressed. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) you only need five of these symptoms to be present for more than 2 weeks to be diagnosed with depression.
- Loss of energy
- Sleeping too much
- Shame and/or guilt
- Over eating or not eating enough
- Worthlessness and/or helplessness
- Weepiness, tearfulness and/or crying
- Feelings of irritation, agitation or anger
- Numbness or feelings of disconnection
- Loss of concentration, indecisiveness or inability to focus
- Recurrent thoughts of death or not wanting to exist (Suicide)
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were previously enjoyable
There are several types of depressive disorders defined by the DSM-5. These diagnoses are based on a spectrum of symptoms from mild major depressive disorder to severe major depression.
There are also specifiers for major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern (previously known as seasonal affective disorder SAD) or major depression with peripartum onset (often known as postpartum depression).
Often, depression not only affects your mental health, but your physical health as well, resulting in physical manifestations such as headache, body pains, and nausea.
Methods of Depression Treatment
In therapy, there are a number of different treatment approaches to help you overcome depression. These include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), accelerated resolution therapy (ART), walk + talk therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). (If you want to know more about these evidenced-based therapies for depression, check out our treatment methods page.)
Being trained in a variety of evidenced-based therapy methods for depression helps you, our client, focus on your individual goals, start where you are, and develop a treatment plan that is truly individualized. Even severe depression can be treated and the prognosis for improvement and recovery is good.
When to Seek Depression Counseling
It’s a common misconception that depression is just sadness – wait and it will go away. The fact is, depression might go away or you might lose precious time waiting for it to go away only to have the symptoms continue or worsen. If you’ve read the symptoms list above and have identified 5 symptoms you’ve experienced for longer than a few weeks, you’ve observed the difficulty you feel in taking on everyday tasks, or you’ve had depression in the past – this is the time to take some action.
When you’re depressed, your energy, focus, and interest is lost. Previously enjoyable activities become immune to fun. And in some cases, feelings of worthlessness are emphasized, and thoughts may even focus on self-harm or suicide due to painful, negative feelings. All these symptoms and experiences are signs it’s time to seek depression counseling.
If you’re still reading this it’s probably time to call. You’ve considered the who, what, when, where, how, and why of your depression. You might have come up with a few answers or maybe none at all, but that hasn’t helped relieve the depression. Know that you’re not alone in this experience and calling for a consultation, emailing an inquiry, or scheduling online is the first step.
Taking Action Towards Beating Depression
It doesn’t matter if you found us through a referral from a happy client or through a web search like depression counseling near me or depression counseling Scottsdale. Beating depression starts with you taking action to get help.
If you’re in the Scottsdale area and are considering in-person depression counseling, then our Oldtown Scottsdale office may be a good option for you. We are also pleased to offer online counseling (teletherapy) for residents of Arizona and Oregon – and soon in Washington state!
MUV therapists (Selena Soni & Marguerite Higbee) specialize in treating depression and are honored to help clients get things turned around and headed on a brighter path.
Just know that you can – and will – feel better. So take the first step today!