Everybody occasionally feels a bit sad or somehow “off” on certain days. This is normal. However, there’s a difference between feeling blue and suffering from depression.
More than 20 million U.S. residents suffer from depression. The difference between feeling down and being depressed has to do with how long sad feelings persist and how they interfere with daily life.
Clinical depression doesn’t just go away. It’s a brain disorder that affects women about as twice as often as it does men. Its most common symptoms include:
- Feeling sad or even hopeless
- Losing interest in enjoyable activities
- Having less energy
- Experiencing weight changes
- Having trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much
- Feeling worthless
- Thinking about suicide or death
Among people who are first-degree relatives of someone with the disorder, major depression is as many as three times more prevalent than it is in the general population.
Depression isn’t limited to adults. It strikes children and teens with surprising frequency.
Although around two-thirds of people who suffer from depression never seek treatment, both counseling and medications can be highly effective in treating this disorder. Of those who seek help, four out of every five improve their lives.
In counseling, a therapist interviews the individual seeking treatment to get a complete history of symptoms and other medical information. Talk therapy – also known as psychotherapy – on a regular basis has many benefits for a patient with depression. It can help sufferers restructure thought patterns that are negative. This helps depressed people interpret their surroundings and the way they interact with others both positively and realistically.
Depression counseling is not intended to be a fast solution. However, regularly scheduled sessions with a licensed therapist can help make enjoying daily activities much less difficult. For some individuals, a combination of talk therapy and medication is the best treatment option.
Our Tahlequah office offers high-quality professional counseling and therapy services for couples, adults and children. All our therapists are licensed and have been trained to understand feelings and to help clients acquire the skills necessary to make positive behavioral changes. Expect a counseling setting that is:
Depression counseling in Tahlequah is available in a number of forms and is often a lot more convenient that clients imagine. Therapists work out of our office building and are also available to go to sites such as homes or schools. They’re available on weekends and in the evening in addition to weekday hours. Video counseling sessions are another popular option.
Often people with the signs of depression tend to ignore them, hoping they’re temporary and will just go away. Taking the initial step to get help is the hardest one for many in this situation. Reaching out for help and scheduling an appointment with a professional counselor marks the beginning of dealing with this disorder.
Effective counseling will help you get hope back into your life. Don’t delay—contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists. Best of all, there’s no long waiting period.