When you’re struggling with depression, you may find it difficult to enjoy life the way you once did. You may lose interest in your hobbies, isolate yourself from loved ones, or fight to even get out of bed in the morning. Daily life can be exhausting when you don’t feel like yourself. However, depression is treatable and you don’t have to go through it alone.
What is Depression?
We all experience sadness or disappointment at some point, but when those feelings intensify and last for at least several weeks, it can signify a larger issue. Depression often consumes a considerable portion of an individual’s life, affecting their relationships and ability to work, sleep, study, or eat. Depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, each year. It’s also estimated that about 11 percent of adolescents suffer from depression at some point before they turn 18.
Depression can look different in every person it affects. While it can be triggered by life events, it is not always something that has a simple “reason” behind it. Depression is usually brought on by a combination of environmental, genetic, psychological, and social factors.
Some of the common symptoms of depression include:
- Ongoing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and helplessness
- Changes in sleeping habits (sleeping more or less than usual)
- Trouble focusing or remembering things
- Loss of interests in activities once enjoyed
- Strong feelings of shame, worthlessness, or inferiority to others
- Decreased energy; feeling exhausted by your daily routine
- Changes in appetite (eating more or less than usual)
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- Withdrawing from relationships and hobbies
How Depression Therapy Can Help
Depression may begin at any age and varies in its frequency, intensity, and duration. It can range from a mild depressed mood that is challenging to shake to intense feelings of vacancy and despair that are debilitating. In working with depression, it’s important to understand the severity of symptoms. Even though depression may look similar in different people, we work diligently to understand your individual experience, hear your needs, and learn what is most concerning for you and tailor my approach; accordingly. This may include: exploring current problem areas, barriers to happiness, and gaining awareness of more vulnerable feelings. Depression can be a serious condition that can require a multi-faceted treatment approach. However, with the proper care it can be adequately addressed with lasting relief from the depression. In fact, the National Institute of Health reports that up to 80% of those treated for depression show an improvement in their symptoms generally within four to six weeks.
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, know that it’s okay to reach out for support. To set up a consultation, call Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S and Associates at 512-914-6635. Same day appointments may be available.