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What Is Depression

Causes of depression vary and may include a chemical imbalance in the brain and stressful life events, such as the loss of a loved one. Depression can vary from a feeling persistent sadness and a loss of interest in things one previously enjoyed to major depression which can lead to people having difficulty getting out of bed and other physical and emotional conditions. These include difficulty or inability to sleep or difficulty concentrating on tasks. Changes in appetite decreased energy level, and thoughts of hopelessness and suicide are also common. Depression counseling can help to alleviate all of these symptoms. Therapy for depression is found to be 3x more effective than medication alone.

Treatment of Depression

The form of treatment with the highest efficacy is talk therapy with a depression counselor or depression psychologist. Our depression counseling treatment can provide very targeted interventions using multiple modalities (CBT, DBT, Somatic Experiencing, Interpersonal Neurobiology, EMDR, ETC). During your meetings with your therapist, you will be assessed to see what other things might be of benefit from medications, exercise, diet, and support groups. Clients are offered assistance in understanding triggers that can cause depression. After such triggers are found, in many cases the focus turns to learning successful coping strategies that help patients get past this problem. Counselors know how to identify and target issues and then how to provide their patients with a means of working past them. Our team of therapists has 25+ years of experience helping people work through depression and Just Mind provides regular continuing education to continue their process of lifelong learning of best practices in the field.

Symptoms of Depression

People who are depressed may experience the following:
Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, inability to feel pleasure, loss of interest, mood swings, or sadness
Sleep: early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep
Whole body: excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness
Behavioral: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, or social isolation
Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity and thought, or thoughts of suicide
Weight: weight gain or weight loss
Also common: poor appetite or repeatedly going over thoughts


What causes people to be depressed?

Many things can cause people to become depressed. Stress, health, hormones changes can cause this as well as things like abuse of alcohol and drugs. Medical conditions like hypothyroidism can also cause similar symptoms to depression. Basic elements such as sleep and diet can also affect brain function and mood. Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can cause depression. Difficult life circumstances such as grief and loss can cause people to be depressed.

How does a depression start?

Depression is a complicated condition and it doesn’t have a straightforward cause. It isn’t just caused by a chemical imbalance. While medication can help, therapy has been found to be 3X’s more effective. Depression is caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors.

What depression can do to your body?

Depression absolutely has physical symptoms within the body. The physical effects can include weight loss or gain, sleeping a lot of very little, loss of appetite, heavy fatigue, aches, and pain. 

How common is it to be depressed?

More than 16 million American adults are affected by depression each year. Not only do these people experience a loss of pleasure, but it can also lead to other medical conditions, and this can sometimes include suicide or suicide attempts.

What will happen if depression is not treated?

Depression can clear on its own but it can also worsen and lead to comorbid factors such as increased drug use or alcohol addiction. If left untreated, it can also drive away the people in life who would normally be support mechanisms as it can harm relationships, create issues at work, and create or worsen other illnesses.


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Our team has been trained on a variety of well-researched methods to help you make the most progress possible in counseling. All of our therapists have been trained in providing help for depression.