While everybody feels sad every once in a while, many people suffer from an actual medical condition, known as depression, that affects their lives on a daily basis. Depression is characterized by constant feelings of sadness or emptiness, and may co-exist with other illnesses or be triggered by certain events. There are several different depressive disorders, but major depressive disorder is the most common. And it is treatable. The first step is seeing our Midtown Atlanta psychotherapist for individual psychotherapy.
Like other psychological disorders, the cause of depression is not specifically known, but is believed to be a combination of genetic, biological, and environmental factors. Although depression can be a serious condition, it is highly treatable. Depression counseling may be the treatment you need to help you deal with your depression. Symptoms of major depression include feeling sad or hopeless, loss of interest in normal activities, crying spells, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, irritability, fatigue, aches and pains, as well as even suicidal thoughts. Leaving depression untreated however can cause a variety of problems affecting the lives of those suffering, as well as their families. Some of these issues include anxiety, isolation, difficulties at work or school, alcohol or substance abuse, and in extreme cases, suicide. Treatment of depression typically includes medication and psychotherapy.
Following effective treatment methods can help to reduce the dangers associated with depression and may help to make depression a more manageable condition. To diagnose depression, our Midtown Atlanta psychotherapist will ask numerous questions regarding changes in mood and recent life events, such as graduating or getting a new job. Those with clinical depression will exhibit signs of being in a depressed mood for the majority of the day; for instance, feeling empty, sad, or tearful. They will have a loss of pleasure in all or nearly all daily activities. Inability to fall asleep or increased desire to sleep every day is also common. Difficulty making decisions, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, and thoughts of death or suicide, or an attempt of suicide, are also major symptoms of depression that will analyzed by your therapist.
There is no surefire way to prevent depression; however, there are certain measures that have been proven to reduce the occurrence of depression. These include following your treatment plan, learning about your condition, sleeping enough, exercising regularly, and having a strong and supportive network of friends and/or family. You do not deserve you feel like this. You can get better. Call our Midtown Atlanta psychotherapist for depression counseling today.