Living with depression can be debilitating and lonely. The feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and despair can be difficult to explain, which makes the experience more isolating. Most of us are familiar with occasional feelings of inadequacy, sadness, and disinterest. With depression, these feelings are magnified and often last for extended periods. If you feel trapped by feelings of emptiness, solitude, and despair, a depression therapist can help guide you through the dark clouds of depression and find hope again.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, "Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person's ability to function at work and at home."
Additionally, you may experience feelings of hopelessness and a loss of interest in activities. Other symptoms may include changes in appetite and sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, and feelings of guilt or worthlessness. While the exact cause of depression is not known, it is believed to be influenced by a combination of biological, genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. A depression therapist can give you the support and tools you need to reclaim your life.
Symptoms of depression vary by individual. Some people experience a lack of energy and motivation, as well as loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed. Others feel irritable, on edge, and restless. Depression manifests itself in changes in behavior and mood, physical symptoms, and decreased level of functioning. Some common symptoms of depression include:
Anyone can experience depression. In fact, it is one of the most common mood disorders reported. The reasons someone develops depression are as varied as the symptoms themselves. Depression may be set into motion by a single traumatic event, or it may develop due to a number of co-occurring risk factors.
Environmental Factors: Trauma or Change
Sometimes a traumatic or stressful event or series of events causes a person to become depressed. The loss of a job, relationship, or loved one can trigger feelings of loneliness, sadness, and anxiety. Even positive life changes can cause depression! Our brains find comfort through predictability and habit. When we experience change, such as moving, leaving for college, starting a new career, getting married, or having a child, our brain can become overwhelmed with fear and anxiety because of the uncertainty change brings.
Biological Factors: Underlying Health Conditions, Brain Chemistry
Biological conditions such as brain chemistry, chemical imbalance, and other health issues can factor into the development of depression. While the role of brain chemistry in depression continues to be studied, there is some evidence that an imbalance in the chemicals that carry messages from one brain cell to another may lead to depressive symptoms. Similarly, health conditions such as hypothyroidism or autoimmune diseases may lead to depression, as well as certain medications.
Finally, there may be a genetic component connected to depressive disorders. While having a parent or close family member with depression does not guarantee you will also experience depression, it may increase your chances of developing it.
Our depression therapists will work with you to assess the underlying factors contributing to your symptoms. Additionally, this information will inform the therapy modalities and treatment plan we adopt to treat your depression and help you feel joy again.
Depression treatment involves teaching skills for handling emotional distress. Therapy helps release the grasp depressive symptoms have on your body and mind allowing you to experience joy.
At Therapy for Families, we understand every individual is unique and requires a personalized approach to treatment.
Our experienced therapists take the time to get to know you, your experiences, and your goals for therapy. We use this knowledge to create a unique treatment plan tailored to your challenges and symptoms.
Whether you prefer talk therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or a combination of different therapy approaches, our depression therapist will work closely with you to create an effective and meaningful plan. Therapy should be a collaborative process, and we are committed to providing you with the support and guidance you need to achieve lasting change and emotional well-being. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step toward overcoming depression.
Our compassionate therapists will support you on your journey to self-love and healing. At Therapy for Families, the therapeutic process involves developing strengths and building coping skills to manage depression symptoms. Our licensed depression therapist utilizes multiple therapy modalities based on your personality and the issues you are facing. These modalities are both evidence-based and scientifically proven to treat depression, anxiety, trauma, and related conditions.
At Therapy for Families, we desire to help each individual feel comfortable and hopeful about their therapy process. Please contact us with questions or concerns. We offer a free consultation to assess how therapy can benefit you and help you feel peace and happiness again. We provide therapy services in Houston, the Woodlands, League City, and Midland.