What is Depression?
To begin, sadness or mood swings are normal reactions to life’s ups and downs. However, emptiness, worthlessness and helplessness can take hold of an individual’s life. Also, these feeling may not go away. Therefore, the cause may be depression. Depressive Disorder has been described as living in a black hole. Then, it can interfere with work, studies, eating, sleeping and enjoying life. Moreover, there are a variety of causes, including genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. It can happen at any age. But, it often begins in teens and young adults. It is much more common in women.
What to expect from depression therapy
Our experienced, licensed mental health counselors will use cognitive behavioral therapy to help you:
- break patterns of dysfunctional thinking that trap you in a downward spiral of degrading thoughts
- learn that your negative thoughts are not reality
- replace a dysfunctional perception of life with realistic and healthier ways of thinking
Also, you’ll be taught coping strategies to help you face situations that previously caused fear, freeing you from depression or anxiety. Online therapy can enable you to feel better about yourself and live a life free from the grips of depression.
What is Depression?Depression is a common, highly treatable illness that affects the way a person feels, both emotionally and physically. Depression can co-occur with anxiety disorders, eating disorders or substance abuse.
To begin, depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It can affect the way you eat, sleep, feel, and think about yourself, others, and the future. Conversely, a depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood or feelings of sadness caused by the loss of a loved one or the break up of a relationship. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. In the event that depression is left untreated, depressive symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years, and the consequences can be deadly. Because depression is a common risk factor for suicide. Instead, with appropriate treatment, most people recover from depression.
Next, a depressive disorder can be triggered by major life changes, traumatic events, hormonal changes, psychosocial stressors, or the presence of another illness. Like, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders can co-occur with or be worsened by depression.
It is estimated that 10% of college students have been diagnosed with a depressive disorder. Women are almost twice as likely as men to become depressed.
Signs of Depression
- Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
- Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- Frequent irritability, anger, worry, agitation or anxiety
- Hopelessness, pessimism or indifference
- Loss of energy or persistent lethargy
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Inability to concentrate
- Strong indecisiveness
- Inability to take pleasure in former interests
- Social withdrawal
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
- Feelings of emptiness
Moreover, it is common to feel some of these symptoms from time to time. However, if you experience 5 or more of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks, or if any of these symptoms interfere with work or social activities, you should consult with a doctor for a thorough examination.
Treatments for Depression
Treatments for depression may include counseling “Talking Therapies,” medication, or a combination of strategies. The right treatment is the one that you find works best for you. Although, some people have to try several treatments before they can make this determination. Once the right strategy has been determined, depression is extremely responsive to treatment. With proper care, approximately 80 percent of people with a depressive disorder experience significant improvement.
Taking Care of Yourself
Because depression affects clear thinking, it is not wise to try to overcome depression on your own by “pulling yourself together“ or waiting to “snap out of it.” Furthermore, if you are experiencing symptoms of depression that are more than the occasional blue mood or feelings of sadness associated with disappointment or rejection, seek help. Utlimately, make an appointment with a iiTherapist.
Depression TreatmentsOnce you have begun the depression treatment recommended by your therapist, you may also find it helpful to follow these strategies for improving your mood:
Exercise & Stay Active
Research indicates that walking for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, can significantly improve your mood.
Eat well-balanced meals. Stay hydrated by drinking 4-8 glasses of water daily.
The physical act of laughter can often improve your mood. Watch a funny movie or read a funny book.
Express Your Feelings
Talk, journal, express yourself creatively.
Connect with an Experienced Depression Therapist
Depression and Online Therapy Studies
“Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) combined with clinical care has been shown to benefit people with depression, anxiety and emotional distress from illness, according to an evidence-based review.”Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2015
“Most participants accessed the therapy from their home computer and found this to be a major advantage, in terms of convenience and fitting therapy into their daily routine, with any technical problems quickly resolved.”NIHR School for Primary Care Research, 2009
“iCBT (internet cognitive behavioral therapy) for the anxiety and depressive disorders is effective, acceptable and practical health care.”Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 2018
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