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Depression & Anxiety
Understanding and Treating Depression
We all feel blue or sad from time to time, which is a normal part of life. However, when feelings of hopelessness and emptiness don't go away, it may be a sign of depression. Depression can cause people to lose interest in activities they used to enjoy, to feel chronically exhausted, and to feel overwhelmed by the daily schedule of life.
The following are some of the more common symptoms of depression:
- You feel sad and in a depressed mood throughout the day. In children/teens this can show up more as irritability and anger.
- You have little interest in people or activities you used to enjoy.
- You have significant, unintentional weight loss or gain.
- You either sleep too much or have difficulty falling and staying asleep.
- You feel psychomotor agitation or retardation. You feel agitated and restless or like your body movements are slowed way down.
- You feel tired a lot, despite adequate sleep, and have difficulty getting yourself motivated.
- You feel guilty over events or things beyond your control.
- You have difficulty concentrating or making decisions; often described as a sort of “brain fog”.
- You have difficulty turning off your negative thoughts towards yourself or others.
- You have feeling of low self-worth.
- You have unexplainable aches and pains in your body.
- You have suicidal thoughts or feelings that life is not worth living. (Seek immediate help at a crisis center if you are having suicidal thoughts and feelings and think that you want to act upon them.)
Depression is also expressed differently based upon age and gender. Teenagers will often be more grouchy, irritable, and angry. Men may perceive excessive emotion as a weakness and have greater difficulty acknowledging their feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Male depression can show more symptoms of anger, aggression, excessive alcohol use and/or substance abuse.
Depression can be chronic and last for years, or be related to recent losses, loneliness, a loss of social supports, a job loss, or underemployment.
Genesis therapists are trained to assess the various types of depression which include the following:
- Major Depression – The most severe type.
- Dysthymia – a more mild and long lasting depressive state.
- Bipolar Depression – includes days of manic states with rapid speech and a high energy level.
- Cyclothymia – a more mild form of bipolar symptoms.
- Post-Partum Depression
- S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) – is triggered by the shorter and cloudier days of winter.
- Adjustment Disorder with Depression – depression triggered by a specific life event; like a separation or a job loss.
Once your depression is accurately assessed, Genesis therapists will provide individual, couples, and/or family therapy, to help you better understand the causes of your depression. Over time, and with effort, most clients will develop new skills to better manage the difficult emotions of depression and feel empowered to make changes to alleviate these distressing symptoms. The therapist will also help the client to determine if medication may be needed to assist them in their progress.
If you or someone you love appears to be struggling with depression, please call and schedule an assessment/intake appointment.
Genesis Centers offer outpatient counseling for those individuals who would like to manage stress effectively and appropriately. We have counselors who can teach different stress management tools. These tools can include meditation, progressive relaxation, guided imagery and cognitive-behavioral techniques.
Our counselors can help design individualized stress management programs for those who are experiencing stress at work or at home with family. We can teach our clients effective time management skills for clients with busy schedules. The ultimate goal is to help those who are interested in improving self-care.