Many suffer from depression and anxiety. There is so much that is beyond our control. Depression commonly manifests physically, through stomach pains, headaches, disrupted or excessive sleep, and motor control difficulty. While the causes of depression are unknown, a predisposition for it runs in families and it can be triggered by trauma and adverse life circumstances. Depression is diagnosed more frequently in women and tends to display differently in women than in men.
People tend to suffer higher rates of depression after giving birth and in late fall. Depression and anxiety often exacerbate each other and people with depression commonly have difficulty concentrating on tasks and conversations. Some people abuse alcohol and drugs or overeat as a way of coping, causing them to develop other medical problems. Depressed people are also at increased risk for self-harm.
Depression is characterized by prolonged emotional symptoms including:
Since depression can be caused by a medical disorder, consulting with your primary care doctor or a psychiatrist may be an important aspect of treatment. A person must have been experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks to be diagnosed with depression. Every case is unique and requires individual attention, but there are a number of effective complementary ways of treating depression, including:
- Talk therapy
- Adopting a healthier lifestyle
Contacting a therapist is one small choice you can make today. Therapy is a confidential place to receive support. Sometimes, just having a neutral, caring professional to talk things over with can provide just the boost you need to move forward in your life. As someone who has been through more than my share of challenges and healing, I am not afraid to accompany you to the depths of your pain. You are not alone.
Take a tiny step toward relief by scheduling a free phone consultation today.