What is Depression? 

Depression is defined as a persistently sad mood that impacts a person's physical and emotional state as well as other areas of their life including work and personal relationships.  


Depression is not a personal failing or weakness of character.  It is a real, medical illness which can be diagnosed and treated successfully.

Therapeutic Approaches

 

Depression Symptoms

 

  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping 

  • Overeating, or appetite loss

  • Fatigue and decreased energy 

  • Irritability, restlessness 

  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide  

  • Persistently sad or anxious 

  • Feelings of hopelessness  

  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness 

  • Loss of interest in favorite activities 

  • Difficulty concentrating  

  • Persistent aches or pains

There is hope and help for your recovery.  Psychotherapy, alternative therapies and psychiatric medications are all options to discuss with your counselor.  Together you will form an effective depression treatment plan which allows healing to begin immediately.


In the mean time, self-care for those struggling with depression is key to begin a healing process. 

 

Movement

Consider adding some form of moderate exercise into your daily routine.  Regular movement has been shown to not only improve your physical health but also your emotions and mental state.

 

Eat Well

Become mindful of the types of foods you eat throughout the day.  Gradually begin to incorporate foods which bring your diet into balance such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and good quality proteins. Consider increasing your water intake and reducing caffeine, sugar and alcohol. Talk to your counselor for more information regarding living with and healing from depression.

 

Get Help
Seek the help of a mental health professional.  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Therapists are trained to walk their clients through a process of healing from depression.  You may be new to counseling but these professionals are all trained in working with clients who struggle with depression and have years of experience.

 

Give our office a call today if you would like to meet with one of our knowledgeable practitioners.