Have you ever wondered what’s causing your sadness or depression?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the US with approximately 14.8 million adults experiencing it within a given year.

Depression is complex and a number of factors contribute to it including family history and genetics, thought processes, interpersonal relationships and conflict or social isolation, life events (such as: trauma, a breakup or divorce, grief and loss, moving, the coming out process, quarter-life or mid-life crisis) and personality (low self-esteem, perfectionism, and self-criticism) to name a few. The severity and frequency of depressive symptoms and how long they last vary depending on the individual.

Symptoms of depression 

You may have depression if you feel a depressed mood or loss of interest in things that were once-pleasurable and are having trouble with your energy, sleeping, eating, concentration or self-esteem for more than two weeks, major depression could be what you’re experiencing. 

Research shows

Counseling works to lessen symptoms, shorten the depression course, and significantly lower the rate of relapse in the future. Let our therapists help you through this time and figure out what’s causing and contributing to your depression.

Types of Depression

Mild and major depression are well known types of depression. Other types of depression include Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which usually begins in the fall/winter; dysthymia, which is a long-term depressed mood for at least two years where symptoms can be less sever then major depression; and bipolar or manic depression, which usually alternates major depression with states of unusually heightened excitement and elation.

Next Step Counseling Depression Counseling and Treatment Options

  • Improve coping
    • Therapy will help you increase your self-awareness and insight into your emotional self and unhelpful thinking patterns.
    • Better handle life’s challenges and improve your ability to relate to your difficult life event more positively
    • Learn mindfulness and calming techniques to better manage your moods
  • Improve relationships with others and yourself
    • Understand patterns of your relationships, build social support, strengthen current relationships
    • Spend time working through and strengthening your self-worth, self-love and increase hope for the future 
  • Set healthy boundaries
    • Therapy can help you identify and validate the boundaries that are right for you, your relationships as well as at work. Increasing your comfort with assertiveness may be a part of this.
    • awareness of avoidance including thoughts and behaviors that contribute to depressive symptoms
  • Process the past
    • Processing the past and how it’s impacting your current world may be helpful.