Depression can also be a debilitating illness that affects your ability to be happy and experience joy. For some people their depression symptoms can be severe and they are unable to go to work or carry out their daily responsibilities. For others, their depression symptoms may be milder, but they struggle with finding joy and happiness in things they used to enjoy.
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION:
Feeling depressed most of the day, every day
Loss of interest or pleasure in things you used to enjoy
Increased or decreased appetite
Fatigue, lethargy, or lack of motivation
Feeling of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt most of the time
Decreased ability to think or concentrate
Recurrent thoughts of death, thoughts of suicide without a plan, a suicide attempt, or a plan to commit suicide
If you have a plan to commit suicide, have had a recent suicide attempt, or feel you are a danger to yourself or others please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. Silver Lining Counseling is NOT a crisis service.
The good news is depression is very treatable. Through depression counseling, Silver Lining can help you reduce negative and self-defeating thoughts and replace them with positive and affirming thoughts. Additionally, identifying healthy ways of behaving and practicing good self-care can also reduce depression symptoms.
There are many other things that can help improve depression symptoms such as meditation and prayer, exercise, support groups and in some cases medication. The therapists at Silver Lining can help you determine which of these might be most helpful to you. Relief from depression is possible.