Depression Counseling

About Depression

Causes of depression vary and may include 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 geting out of bed and other physical and emotional conditions. These include difficulty or inability to sleep or difficult concentrating on tasks. Changes in appetite, decreased energy level, and thoughts of hopelessness and suicide are also common.

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

Treatment of Depression

The form of treatment with the highest efficacy is talk therapy with a counselor. 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. Depression can also be a symptom of other issues and we work with you to reconcile the source of these issues and create change.

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