What is depression?
There are over 70 types of depression. However, two types of depression that can significantly interfere with ones life include major depression, and situational depression. Major Depression is the more severe form of this disorder. When you are no longer able to enjoy your normal hobbies and activities, or you can’t get up in the morning, or when the sense of sadness or depression has affected your ability to get along well with others, at work, home, or play, then it’s time to seek help. It can be immobilizing or unrelenting, or fluctuating, but the feelings significantly interfere with the way you normally function. Situational Depression occurs due to a specific recent life occurrence that has caused you significant distress. If these symptoms do not recede in about 2 weeks time, then counseling can help you avert further problems and relieve difficult feelings and thoughts, before they turn into a more severe type of depression.
Are you clinically depressed?
If you are experiencing several of the following symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.
Treatment of Depression:
Treatment of depression helps to dispel negative thoughts and feelings. A client can learn to re-program his or her own thinking to then create more positive feelings and behaviors. Different people find different types of therapy helpful in their recovery. A well trained therapist can work with you to help you find out what type of therapy will be most helpful for you. Clinical Hypnotherapy and cognitive and behavioral approaches have helped many clients. For those whose symptoms relate to trauma or abuse, different types of trauma-based therapies can also be very useful. We our glad to offer all of these approaches within our counseling services.
Medication and/or Therapy:
For some clients, medication can be helpful for some period during treatment. However, the real and long term recovery from depression comes from learning to manage your depression symptoms on a day to day basis. Medication cannot change your core thoughts, beliefs, behaviors or feelings. As you change the way you cope with life stresses and difficulties, and learn more successful tools to do so, the need for medication often leaves or diminishes significantly. This is why therapy is so important for long term recovery.
If you have thoughts of suicide or harming yourself or others, immediately call your local emergency number (such as 911) or go to the hospital emergency room.
Call Barbara Reade to make an appointment at 410-916-6017