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Depression Counseling

“Just Before the Sunrise there is a Dark Night”

You feeling sad, feel no energy or feeling nothing at all, and it is hard to talk about. You feel embarrassed, shame, confusion about how to bring it up and you’re worried you won’t be able to do your job anymore if you’re honest about it. You’ve tried to bring it up to a few people but they didn’t get how bad it was, or what you needed. 

While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years). And, sometimes without any apparent reason. 

Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health. It’s an issue with the brain, and needs to be treated to overcome it. 

It’s not uncommon for people with depression to have physical signs of the condition. They may include joint pain, back pain, digestive problems, sleep trouble, and appetite changes.

COUNSELING FOR DEPRESSION HELPS WITH:

  • Feeling sad or experiencing a low mood
  • Loss of interest/pleasure in things you once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or even weight gain that are unexpected or unplanned
  • Trouble sleeping: either too much or too little
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity (for example, hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech
  • Feeling more regretful or guilty
  • Trouble with your thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

WHAT CAUSES DEPRESSION?

While scientists have been studying depression for decades, we don’t know exactly what causes depression. However, a number of things are often linked to its development.

They’ve found that it comes from:  recent or longer term events or personal factors, rather than just one immediate issue or event.  

CHANGES IN THE BRAIN

Depression is not simply the result of a ‘chemical imbalance’, for example because you have too much or not enough of a particular brain chemical. It’s complicated, and there are multiple causes of major depression. Factors such as genetic vulnerability, severe life stressors, substances you may take (some medications, drugs and alcohol) and medical conditions can affect the way your brain regulates your moods.

Most modern antidepressants have an effect on your brain’s chemical transmitters (serotonin and noradrenaline), which relay messages between brain cells – this is thought to be how medications work for more severe depression. Psychological treatment can also help you to regulate your moods.

We believe at WCC that if you’re on any medications you should be working with a counselor, especially if they are depression medications. It is imperative that the medications are monitored. Sometimes the wrong medications can CAUSE suicidial ideation that was not present before. We want you safe and well! #Nomoresuicides

LIFE EVENTS AND WHY DEPRESSION COUNSELING HELPS

Research suggests that continuing difficulties – long-term unemployment, living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, long-term isolation or loneliness, prolonged work stress – are more likely to cause depression than recent life stresses. However, recent events (such as losing your job) or a combination of events can ‘trigger’ depression if you’re already at risk because of previous bad experiences or personal factors.  Depression counseling can help with the stress, worry, and low mood you may be feeling.

PERSONAL FACTORS

  • Family history – Depression can run in families and some people will be at an increased genetic risk. However, having a parent or close relative with depression doesn’t mean you’ll automatically have the same experience.
  • Personality – Some people may be more at risk of depression because of their personality, particularly if they have a tendency to worry a lot, have low self-esteem, are perfectionists, are sensitive to personal criticism, or are self-critical and negative.
  • Serious medical illness – The stress and worry of coping with a serious medical illness can lead to depression, especially if it is a long term condition, and/or chronic pain.
  • Drug and alcohol use – Drug and alcohol use can both lead to and result from depression. Many people with depression also have drug and alcohol problems.

 

DOES TREATMENT REALLY WORK?

Research that has examined what psychotherapists do–whether they are social workers, counselors, or psychologists–show that most people experience improvements in their symptoms after 14-20 visits of counseling. Some research even shows that psychotherapy and counseling for depression is quicker and has longer term impact than psychiatric medications.

WHAT DO COUNSELORS AT WCC DO DIFFERENTLY?

  • We know that people ask questions like: “if i wasn’t here would anyone care?” “Why am i here on this earth?” “Why does my life suck?” “Why do i feel nothing?” “Is my family better off without me”, “i feel like a burden”. These questions however tell us it’s time to talk it out together and be supported through your questions.
  • We don’t just take your FOID card away just because you ask for help. FOID cards are taken away when you have a psychiatric stay and are deemed by a psychiatrist or other equally knowledgeable entity. These persons must have concerns that you are actively a harm to yourself, someone else, or unable to care for yourself.
  • We safety plan and ensure there is no IMMEDIATE, IMMINENT safety issues. We make you and a person that can keep you safe sign a safety plan. Click here to create your safety plan for depression and bring it to your first appointment, or do this plan with your loved one today. 
  • We test you for depression with the Becks Depression Questionnaire, click here today to take it now and let us know your results.
  • Mild Depression: Sometimes we just do talk therapy. We set goals to help you overcome depression, we meet regularly but not necessarily every week. We see that you’re making progress and that you’re starting to feel joy again. 
  • For moderate/severe depression we often recommend antidepressant medications as well as counseling.  Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been found to be effective in treating depression. CBT helps a person to recognize distorted thinking and then change behaviors and thinking. We also use Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for negative thoughts that don’t change with CBT or when you want quicker more efficient results. 
  • We believe in community, even if we can’t see your face, we invite you to join our Mott Lingley Taking Our Life Back Group today. First one is free!