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Understanding Depression and Therapy
Today, each and every individual has moments where they feel sad or low and moreover moody at times, but for a few people these feelings do not go away easily, in fact for them, these feelings stay for a prolonged period of time, which could be for certain weeks, months and even years, which is an indicative of depression. Depression is more than just a low mood–it’s a serious condition that affects an individual’s mental as well as physical health. It can cause deep emotional pain both to the individual experiencing it and often to their close family and friends. Although depression may occur only once during your life, a few people have multiple episodes of depression, which means it happens to them at a certain period of time, stays for a while and repeats again after a certain period of time. During these episodes, people experience symptoms that occur for most of the day in fact, nearly every day and they include:
feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
angry outbreak, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
difficulty enjoying activities one used to like
changes in weight and appetite
anxiety, agitation or restlessness
sleep disturbances, as in getting too much or too little sleep
suicidal thoughts or even suicide attempts
unexplained physical ailments such as headaches, muscle or joint pain
For many people with depression, symptoms usually are severe enough to be noticeable in day to day activities, such as at work, school or at any social gathering. Whereas, some people may even feel miserable or unhappy without really knowing why!
Depression can be caused by an individual’s body or their circumstances and sometimes a mixture of both. It is not really known what exactly causes depression. Similarly as with numerous mental disorders, and collection of elements might be included, such as:
Inherited traits or genes
How Counseling helps with depression?
Counseling aims to assist or guide the individual to understand why and how depression may be arousing. Depending on one’s circumstances, the therapist may include Behavioral therapy, a program to help the individual increase activity and exercise, assertiveness and relaxation. It will also include Cognitive therapy, which would assist one to understand their thought process, where one can identify and change their negative thoughts and perspectives thereby improving their mood and lifting depression. Often a combination of treatments work best for depression and different types of depression require different treatments, as we all have different contributing factors to which we all respond differently.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the signs of depression?
Feeling long term of sadness, emptiness or hopelessness, angry outbreak, irritability or frustration even over small matters, difficulty in enjoying activities one used to like earlier, changes in weight and appetite, difficulty in concentrating, anxiety, agitation or restlessness, difficulty in sleeping are some of the signs of depression.
Can a person seem to be happy while in depression?
Yes, many times, depression in an individual goes unnoticeable. He/she may seem happy on the outside but have been going through a lot on the inside.
Can suicidal thoughts come while in depression?
Yes, suicidal thoughts are common with people who are in depression. They feel suicide to be an easy way to go away from all the problems.
How can a psychologist help me to cure my depression?
While talking to a psychologist, you let your inner thoughts come out freely and let all your loneliness fade away. A professional psychologist while talking you will suggest you many ways that would help you cure your depression.
Can depression affect one’s family?
When any member of the family faces any trouble, it goes on to affect the whole of the family. In a similar way, depression to one member of the family can disturb other members of the family too.
What are the causes of depression?
There is no certain fact that tells about the causes of depression. It can be due to a change in hormones, biological differences, brain chemistry, bad experiences etc.
Are the causes of depression the same in all individuals?
No, the cause of depression varies as per individual and according to the age. Our professional psychologist will help you to find your cause of depression in order to get out of it.
How does counseling help with depression?
Counseling aims to assist or guide the individual to understand why and how depression has been aroused. Depending on one’s circumstances, the therapist may include various therapies to help the individual’s state of mind.
How does therapy work?
The professional psychologist would assist a therapy as per the client’s need so as to lift up his/her mood while working on removing depression. Relaxation Techniques, CBT and Skill development are generally practiced. At times, the therapist may even combine all the above three approaches for them to work best.
For how many days does depression stays?
Although depression may occur only once during your life, a few people have multiple episodes of depression, which means it happens to them at a certain period of time, stays for a while and repeats again after a certain period of time.