Most people feel down once in a while that is normal, however, if someone is sad most of the time to the extent that it is affecting their daily life, they may have clinical depression. Speaking with a depression therapist can help.
Depression is a serious condition that leads to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms that affect a person’s mind and body, and impact all aspects of everyday life including changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior or self-esteem. It can come from chemical imbalances in the brain, hormonal changes, medications or other things happening in a person’s life.
It is also one of the most common mood disorders, with around 15 million adults in the U.S. experiencing one major depressive episode every year. It can happen to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group. At any time, 3 to 5 percent of adults suffer from it, with as many as 8 out of every 100 teens having serious forms of it.
Am I Depressed?
Many people think that being depressed means they have no source of joy or hope in their lives. While this may be true, depression can also occur subconsciously in a way that makes it more challenging to recognize.
Depression may be due to mental illness, chemical imbalances, health changes, death of a loved one, or even because of the actions of others in our lives. It’s not always something that you can control; seeing a Utah depression therapist or counselor can help.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms of depression, it’s time to talk to someone:
- Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
- Feeling tired or fatigued
- A poor appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling that you let others down
- Contemplating suicide
Should I See a Doctor or a Therapist to Treat Depression?
At The Dell Center for Therapy we recommend speaking with both our depression therapist and your primary care physician about depression symptoms. A multi-faceted approach may be the most appropriate treatment for treating depression.
However, many of our Salt Lake City and Park City clients find that cognitive behavior therapy with a counselor is the most effective way to combat depression symptoms. But if your depression is linked with chemical imbalances, talking to your doctor about appropriate medications can be helpful in addition to clinical counseling.
Online Counseling for Depression
If you’re hesitant to schedule a private counseling session with a depression therapist you don’t know, online therapy is the perfect way to “test the waters” to see if depression counseling can help. Our licensed Utah psychotherapists offer flexible online sessions that fit your busy lifestyle, so that you can get professional help no matter what life throws your way.
Schedule your in-person or online therapy appointment with our Salt Lake City or Park City counselors today to get started.
Three Main Types of Depressive Disorders :