Depression Treatment Through Therapy and Counseling
Depression can make it hard to do everyday tasks, and leave you feeling as if things may never get better. When your depression starts to get in the way of your daily life, it can feel overwhelming. What’s important to remember, however, is that depression is treatable, no matter how severe it may be.
If you are experiencing depression, know that there are many effective treatment options available to you. Depression treatment options range from lifestyle changes to therapy to medication. If you are ready to take the first step in exploring therapy for your depression, REACH Behavioral Health can help you get started.
What Is Depression?
Depression can affect everyone differently. If you find yourself feeling “blue” for a prolonged period of time, notice changes in your sleeping patterns or appetite, or have lost interest in activities you typically enjoy, this can be an indication of depression.
Common symptoms of depression include:
- Changes in mood, including feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, sadness, or mood swings
- Feelings of apathy and loss of interest in activities that you usually enjoy
- Social changes, such as becoming socially withdrawn and experiencing increased social isolation
- Behavioral changes, such as irritability, restlessness, or excessive crying
- Cognitive changes, such as a lack of concentration or a lack of productivity
- Changes in eating habits, such as loss of appetite or excessive hunger
- Sleep pattern changes, such as excessive fatigue, restlessness, or insomnia
Depression can occur for a variety of reasons, and there’s no single cause that has been identified. Many of the factors that contribute to a higher risk for depression range from biological to circumstantial reasons, including a family history of depression, trauma in early childhood, and certain medical conditions such as chronic illness, insomnia, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The misuse of drugs and alcohol have also been tied to depression.
If depression is impacting your day-to-day life, and you no longer feel like your typical self, you may benefit from seeking depression therapy and other depression treatment options.
How Does Depression Therapy Work?
Just as there is no single cause for depression, there is no single treatment that will work for everyone. Psychotherapy has proven to be an effective treatment modality for many individuals with depression, and working with a licensed therapist can help you develop effective coping skills to manage and heal the many struggles that accompany your depression.
Depression therapy can teach you helpful techniques to reframe negative thoughts and behaviors. Working with a therapist can also help you understand the root of your depression, and identify what your specific triggers are in order to work through them and begin healing.
While many people struggle with depression, overcoming it is an individual journey. By working through your experiences in depression therapy, you and your therapist can identify the best course of action to address your specific needs.
Healing Starts Here with Depression Treatment
If depression is getting in the way of your day-to-day life, know that help is out there. By seeking depression counseling services, you can begin the journey toward healing.
The trained and licensed therapists at REACH Behavioral Health are ready to work with you, and can give you the tools to start feeling like yourself again. Contact us today to get started.