what is depression?
You are feeling like you’re “in a rut” and cannot seem to pull yourself out. You may not feel like yourself anymore, and can barely recall who you are as a person. Others may be noticing changes in you, including your friends, family, and even your coworkers. Your mood is down, more irritable, or just plain sad. What you’ve done in the past to feel better, isn’t working anymore, and you don’t know what to do. You need to make some changes in your life, but you’re not sure what changes need to be made. You just want to feel happy again.
Do these depression symptoms describe you?
Feeling sad or empty most of the time
More irritable than normal, possibly having anger outbursts
No interest in activities you used to enjoy (hobbies, sports, relationships)
Tired and can’t seem to catch up on sleep
Lower energy than normal
Less or more of an appetite
Feeling worthless, or excessively guilty
Crying more often
Thoughts of death or suicide
Depression can impact your life in so many ways. Likely you are noticing less interest in work, family, or relationships that you value. Perhaps you don’t know why this is happening, or there may be a specific trigger or triggers. If you are experiencing depression, it is likely that your work, your social life, and your relationships are suffering as a result. Perhaps others around you are noticing that you are isolating yourself, not talking as much as usual, or don’t laugh anymore. You may even feel empty inside, like you’re a shell of the person that you used to be. You might have problems going to sleep at night, waking up several times during the night or early in the morning, or getting out of bed in the mornings. You think about calling into work to take a rest day, but you never feel fully rested anymore. Depression can be devastating in the way that it impacts ourselves, our lives, and our loved ones.
Did you know that 7.1% of adults in the United States experience a major depressive episode every year? It is estimated that nearly 15% of the adult population in the world will experience depression at some point in their lifetime. Depression often begins in the teens, 20’s and 30’s, but can occur at any age. Depression can be chronic, or come and go as discrete episodes. A depressive episode lasts for 2 or more weeks, with persistent symptoms occurring almost daily during these 2 weeks. Typical depression symptoms are listed above (Do any of these describe you?), and may vary based on gender. For instance, men are more likely to experience depression as anger, irritability, and making risky decisions. Women are more likely to feel sad, guilty, and ashamed. Often you may not recognize the signs of depression in yourself, but others have noticed that something is off with you.
There are many different causes of depression, but sometimes we cannot figure out what is causing us to feel this way. Depression, however, can be challenged, changed and defeated. You do not have to feel like this forever, there is an end in sight. You can get back to feeling like yourself, taking pleasure in daily things, and enjoying your work, relationships and family once more. Depression is very treatable. Therapy at Catalyss Counseling can help you Rise Above Your Depression.
depression treatment with catalyss counseling
We will explore your depression with you and help you understand why and how depression is affecting you. We will give you strategies to increase your motivation and change how you interact in the world. We will help you adjust to stressors and changes in your life so that you can overcome challenges once again. We will teach you coping skills so that depression does not take over your life.
Coordination of Care:
About 50% of people with depression also have anxiety, as the two often go hand-in-hand. Many people with depression also have a co-occurring medical issue or alcohol or drug abuse/addiction, at the same time. Because it is difficult to treat these issues separately, at Catalyss Counseling we specialize in treating the whole person at one time. We coordinate closely with other medical professionals in the community and work together as a treatment team. We use evidence-based treatments to assess your symptoms, identify the impact they are having on your life, give you coping skills to manage your depression and mood, and guide you in changing your negative thought processes. This results in better social and family relationships, less work-related stress, and more self-care.
The process of therapy can be difficult at times, but we strive to make it as easy on you as possible by connecting with you and identifying your needs, wants and goals to make lasting change in your life. We empower you to make the changes in your life that you want to see. The end result of therapy for depression at Catalyss Counseling is moving you to Rise Above Your Depression.
how therapy works
Counseling and depression treatment with Catalyss Counseling can guide you to Rise Above Your Depression. Our therapists specialize in treating depression from evidence-based perspectives, and we know that therapy and lasting change take time and commitment. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we treat depression, contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation, or you can book directly online with the therapist of your choice.