Depression is Common, but it Doesn’t
Have to be YOUR Normal
Depression is the most common mental disorder in the world. One in five Americans will experience depression in their lifetime, but just because something is common – that doesn’t mean it needs to be accepted.
The Evolution Wellness team knows that depression can feel like a never ending flood of pain, listlessness, and sadness, but working with one of our therapists, you can find the way out from under depression.
What is Depression?
Let’s start off on the right foot here – depression is more than just being feeling sad. Everyone feels sad at some point in their lives, especially after a difficult event. Now, think about a sadness that is overwhelming and won’t go away for weeks. There doesn’t seem to be anything you can do to feel better. You become hopeless, lack motivation, and can’t find the joy you had in past experiences. Sadness typically passes after a short time.
The feeling may reemerge in waves, but you can still eat, sleep, work, and live your life. Depression is a heavy sadness that doesn’t come in waves. It is like a flood that keeps rising. So, that’s the bad news. The good news is really good – we can help!
What Does Depression Look Like?
Some people have depressive episodes repeatedly throughout their life. These episodes can be triggered by trauma, grief and loss, the changing of the seasons, and other life stressors. When a person becomes depressed, it is usually due to a combination of factors rather than one specific thing – if the weather is your entire source of depression let’s just find you a new place to live. Some factors often present in people who struggle depressive episodes include triggering events, brain chemistry, family or personal history of depression, medications, and difficult experiences.
Symptoms vary greatly, so you may not feel any or all of the symptoms listed below. Recognizing these symptoms in yourself or in a loved one is the first step to overcoming depression. Some of the common symptoms you may notice include:
- Mood Changes: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness
- Sleep Changes: early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep
- Whole Body Changes: excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness
- Behavioral Changes: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, or social isolation
- Cognitive Changes: lack of concentration, slowness in activity, repeatedly going over thoughts, feeling worthless, losing hope for the future, or thoughts of suicide
- Weight Changes: weight gain or weight loss
Therapy for Depression
Treating depression is not as easy as just popping a “happy pill” and saying, “Good-bye, Depression.” Treating your depression often means evaluating your life and making changes to the parts that are perpetuating the depression. Your therapist will work with you to evaluate all aspects of your health – mental, bodily, and spiritual. You’ll work together to form greater self-awareness, develop skills to break free from depressive thought patterns, and learn to feel better in your body by encouraging mindfulness and healthy lifestyle choices. Having a therapist to support you on this journey can be extremely helpful as they can give you an outside perspective and can guide you as you evaluate:
- Day to day behaviors
- Career satisfaction
- Life purpose and meaning
- Relationship functioning
- Cognitive health
- Behaviors and attitudes
- Physical health
- Spiritual connectedness
Together We Can Tackle What’s Holding You Back
We know this can be hard. It’s possible that you’ve been debating seeking help for months, if not years. We are so glad you found us and have taken the courageous first step to learn more about counseling.
We are confident that, by working together, we can equip you with the tools you need to face and overcome all of the challenges in your life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, marital problems, substance abuse, or depression, it is important that you know you don’t have to be alone in this journey. Let’s do this together.
Reach out to Evolution Wellness in Wilmington, NC to get started today.