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What is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that, depending on the severity, can interfere with a person’s everyday life. It can be described with emotional terms such as sadness, loss, and even anger. Based on the description, you might think that depression shares some similarity with grief, but depression is more focused on self (self-loathing, loss of self-esteem, anger with yourself).

Everyone experiences depression differently and to different degrees. For some, it may result in lower productivity, interfering with your daily work. In more severe cases, it can also impact relationships and even the health of the depressed person.

Feeling down or sad is normal as life always has its ups and downs. When those feelings interfere with your daily functioning, extend on for too long, or return and deepen on a regular basis, it is time to consider treatment.

Symptoms of Depression

Depression is more than just a feeling of sadness. Chronic depression has many symptoms, some may be ongoing, some may come and go. Here is a list of the general signs and symptoms of a person living with depression. If you have some of these symptoms nearly every day for at least 2 weeks, then you may be more than just sad. Take some time to read through the list with an open mind. Getting help is easy and can get your life back on track before it derails too far. Symptoms can include:

  • Hopeless
  • Worthless
  • Pessimistic
  • Sad, crying a lot
  • Anxious
  • Angry, irritable, relentless, or annoyed
  • Empty, loss of interest in things you once enjoyed
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Cognitive issues, unable to concentrate
  • Trouble sleeping or oversleeping
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Fatigue, loss of energy, moving or talking slowly
  • Chronic pain (headaches, digestive issues, cramps, etc.)
  • Thoughts of self-harm

What causes Depression?

Depression can be triggered by external circumstances or from biological events. Common causes include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Financial problems
  • Certain medications
  • Gender identity issues
  • Medical illness
  • Trauma
  • Medical conditions
  • Hormone levels
  • Brain chemistry
  • Family history
  • Substance use (alcohol or drugs)

What causes Depression?

Depression can be triggered by external circumstances or from biological events. Common causes include:

  • Trauma
  • Medical conditions
  • Hormone levels
  • Brain chemistry
  • Family history
  • Substance use (alcohol or drugs)
  • Chronic pain
  • Financial problems
  • Certain medications
  • Gender identity issues
  • Medical illness

Treatment for Depression

Now that we have been through the what and the why, let’s focus on treatment. Many forms of depression are successfully treated with a combination of medication and counseling. If your depression is mild to moderate, consider psychotherapy.

A therapist can help you identify, understand, and provide skills to cope with your negative feelings. If your depression is causing relationship problems, then couples counseling or family counseling may additionally be needed so that your loved ones can learn to work with you in overcoming your depression.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-recognized approach to depression therapy. CBT will help you uncover your unhealthy patterns of thought and help you replace them with more positive behaviors, reactions, and beliefs about yourself.

At ACT Teletherapy, we offer online depression counseling to help you get started and stay connected to a healthy regime. By offering our depression therapy online, we make access easy and convenient for you. It also helps those who are shy or embarrassed by the need for counseling to get started in way that is much less stressful.

Even if your depression is mild and temporary, it always helps to talk it through and build skills to identify and keep your negative thoughts at bay. We are here to help. Contact ACT Teletherapy today for a private, online session.

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You and your spouse or significant other can set up a call or video with your personal counselor.  You can be in your home or office, together or separate.  Get the relationship you deserve!

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