As we go through life, there are many different times when we will feel happy. In contrast, there are many times that we will start to feel sad, or even depressed in some situations. It is normal to feel sad, but when it starts to become a prolonged sadness that starts to affect your quality of life; there may be a more serious problem. Depression is something that many people suffer from. If you are suffering from depression, you are not alone. At All About You Therapy Services, we want to help you through your depression so that you can get back to a happy life.
Many people deal with depression.
Different Types of Depression
There is not just one type of depression. There are multiple types of depression that could greatly affect the way that you go about your daily life. Some of the different types of depression include:
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
This is a very common type of depression that most often occurs in the winter months. This is mainly a result of the sun going down earlier, so people are not able to receive the sunlight that is needed to feel happy. This type of depression typically goes away in the summer and spring. To combat seasonal depression, light therapy is recommended so that you are still getting the vitamin D that you need to feel happier.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
This is the type of depression that most people think of when they hear the word depression. This is when you live in a constant state of depression, with the symptoms of eating habits changes, loss of motivation, feeling of emptiness; among other symptoms. If you are experiencing these symptoms for two weeks consecutively, then your doctor may prescribe you with medication to help you navigate these difficult emotions.
Postpartum Depression (PPD)
This will occur in women after having a baby. It can last anywhere from weeks to months and can make it really difficult to care for the baby. 1 in every 10 women get PPD after childbirth. Typically, this can be treated through counseling and medication.
Depression Counseling can help manage ongoing feelings of sadness.
Symptoms of Depression
There are many different symptoms of depression or ways that it manifests itself. It is important to be able to recognize the symptoms in yourself or others so that you can get the help that you deserve. Some of the most common signs of depression include:
Loss of Interest in Hobbies
One of the most common signs of depression is when there is a loss of interest in things that once used to be the hobbies or passions of the affected person. This is one of the key symptoms of someone who is depressed. It affects the day-to-day life of those affected and is often caused by the lack of everything not seeming to be fun. This is caused by the pleasure sensors in your brain being either shut down or shorted out. If this is something that has happened in your life then you may want to seek help.
Changes in Eating Habits
Another sign of depression would include a drastic change in eating habits. Each person reacts to depression differently so these changes will not look the same in every case of depression. Sometimes these changes will include overeating regularly and will result in a substantial amount of weight gain. Conversely, changes could also include undereating which would result in the loss of weight, decreased energy, and loss of strength. Both of these changes could dramatically hurt your physical health, so it is important to watch out for these symptoms of depression.
Crankiness or Irritability
Not only will there potentially be changes in the eating habits of someone who is suffering from depression; there are also mood changes. One of the common signs of depression would be an increase of crankiness or irritability. People who once were patient will become short and angry at slight inconveniences. This is a really common sign that there is something that is off with your loved one, and an indicator that they may be dealing with depression.
Feelings of Sadness, Hopelessness, or Anxiousness
If you or your loved one has been experiencing prolonged feelings of sadness, then this may be a sign they are suffering from depression. When a person is depressed, they start to believe that there is nothing good left. This can often leave people with a profound feeling of emptiness. This feeling of emptiness makes it difficult to go about your daily life and will leave you struggling to function.
You can get help for your depression.
How Can Counseling Help Depression?
There are many different options that can be explored when treating depression. Counselors are qualified in helping you work through your depression. They will teach you different ways that you can cope when you have bad days. They also take the time to listen to you so that they can understand exactly what you are feeling. They are also great at helping you understand what your triggers are, and what you can do to help you through the triggers. They will give you the tools that you need to help you through all of your difficulties.
Why Choose Us?
At All About You Therapy Services, our team is highly experienced and qualified to help you navigate your feelings, especially those of depression. We will listen to you as you get to express all of your difficult feelings; especially the feelings that you do not feel like you can tell to anyone else. We want to help you so that you can enjoy your life. Our team cares about you and is invested in helping you through your emotions.
If you are needing a depression counselor, contact us today! We look forward to working with you. We have seen many of our clients go on to lead successful lives as they learn strategies to cope with their depression. We want to help you lead a fulfilling life. Come and sit with us for a while, so that you can have just that.