Everyone experiences depression differently. For most people, they experience intense sadness, lack of motivation, random mood swings, loss of interest in things that once made us happy, sleep issues, etc. Together we will talk about the most pressing symptoms, like things that impact your physical health first and then go through everything else in order of severity. Usually when we tackle the physical symptoms first, some of the other issues subside.
There are different types of treatments for depression. I utilize cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approaches as well as a solution-based approach. Within those treatments, we will tackle thoughts, behaviors, and emotions to help find you relief from your depression symptoms. I may also recommend outside tools to help. In some cases, not all, we may discuss medication to help alleviate your depressive moods. I honor my client’s decision on how they feel about taking medication, however, if everything around a client has improved but their mood has not changed, it is something we do discuss. That is usually in cases where I have been seeing a client for an extended period and/or there are safety concerns.
Depression vs. Anxiety
Depression and anxiety often get linked together and that is because a lot of their symptoms are very similar. The way I differentiate depression and anxiety is the emotional component. Depression is an intense feeling of sadness, where anxiety is intense feeling of fear and/or worry. Often you can be experiencing both, but it is important to separate the two when necessary.
How Depression Effects Your Relationships
Depression can impact all different types of relationships, especially since most people tend to isolate when they feel sad. It is important to understand how depression impacts your relationships and who we have in our support system. Through therapy we can talk about how to change your relationships in both our low and high periods.
When we feel depressed, we often stop doing the things that makes us feel happy. Not only that, but we also stop taking care of ourselves. As we start talking about how depression impacts you, we will also start a dialogue of what we can do when these moments pop up. Having proper coping mechanisms to combat depression can help keep it at bay and increase your overall happiness.
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