Counseling for Depression
Everyone feels sad and down sometimes. Whether it’s some self doubt about who you are and your abilities, missing people you care about who you haven’t seen for a while, or the end of a relationship, we all experience things and situations that put us down. Depression is a very real experience for millions of people, and living with it can be absolutely debilitating for many people, if not potentially dangerous to their lives. The more we can realize it’s “realness” and severity, the more we can do to start changing things for the better. Counseling from experienced and compassionate counselors can help support people suffering from depression, giving them avenues of expression, thought, and understanding that can help them mitigate the symptoms, and even control them and take back directions over their lives.
Symptoms of Depression
The symptoms and experience of depression will be different for everyone, but it’s common for people suffering from depression or a depressive disorder to experience the following:
- Consistently sad, anxious, or low mood
- Loss of interest or enjoyment in hobbies
- Feelings of apathy or hopelessness
- Feelings of worthlessness and shame
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Suicidal thoughts, feelings, or behaviors
- Bodily pains with no clear cause
Potential Causes of Depression
Any number of personal problems can lead to depression. Family troubles, money woes, problems at work, and other unique issues may all lead to the development of depression. If you find that you’re constantly thinking about personal problems in your life, depression therapy may help you break the cycle. Communication is a powerful weapon to help fight depression and allow you to live happy and fulfilling life again.
Some individuals are simply genetically prone to depression. If depression runs in the family, you may want to seek depression therapy counseling to fight the impact depression can have on your life. Genetics are impossible to change, but your mentality isn’t. In counseling, we help create tools for you to utilize. This helps to empower you to fight off the grip depression can have over your life.
Losing a loved one can open a major wound and seriously impact your life and mentality. Death of a family member or a loved one can be one of the most emotionally painful experiences we encounter in a lifetime, and it can leave us depressed and confused. Therapy may aid us in coping with and overcoming loss.
Illnesses, especially serious illnesses, may cause depression. When your health is at risk, it can be difficult to remain emotionally healthy. Depression therapy may aid you in overcoming depression as you face an illness.
Wendy Iglehart, LCPC is a big believer in the power that counseling can provide to people, and she proudly provides Depression Therapy services with that idea in mind. If you are suffering from depression or think you are, Wendy Iglehart, LCPC in Maryland can help. Keep reading to learn a bit more about depression.