Depression therapy is the most common service requested of mental health professionals. Depression affects almost 7% of adults in United States every year. That’s nearly 23 million people who will have at least one major depressive episode this year! Depression is not just feeling sad or discouraged, which is something everyone can feel at some time. The people coming to me for depression therapy have a very real and diagnosable condition that has a significant and lasting impact on their life. It may be mild or debilitating, but generally has an effect on a person’s work, relationships and self-care.
Diagnosing depression can sometimes be confusing because it can have more than one cause and present itself in more than one way. If you’re not sure whether you might need depression treatment, here are some of the symptoms to look for. If you have at least several symptoms that are present for most of every day for at least two weeks time, along with a low mood, it’s time to get some help through depression therapy.
So you can see that depression is not just the stereotypical picture of crying in bed all day. There are many different presentations, but all can be helped by a professional with depression treatment.
There is often more than one underlying cause of depression, but these are the three areas to look at to help determine what’s going needs to be addressed in depression counseling.