Each year, our depression therapists treat many clients at Grief Recovery Center in Houston. If you or someone you know is trying to manage the symptoms of depression, you don’t have to do it alone.
Depression impacts millions of people around the world. It is not just a deep sadness, despite what many people think. Depression impacts many facets of a person’s life, including how they feel and interact with others on a regular basis. Unfortunately, in severe cases, depression can cause people to have suicidal thoughts and even attempt suicide.
It is true that there are mild forms of depression and that many people don’t recognize that they are depressed until things escalate. But if you understand the signs and symptoms of depression, you might be able to recognize them in yourself or a loved one before things go too far.
In addition to understanding the signs and symptoms, depression counseling can also help give you or your loved one a safe place to talk about how they’re feeling and why.
What are the Characteristics of Depression?
Depression can manifest itself in many ways. This leads to the difficulty people have with recognizing the symptoms in themselves before others may recognize it. For example, some people may be very angry about things and lash out at others. Because most people associate depression with sadness, the opportunity to diagnose, discuss, and treat depression is missed.
There are other depression symptoms as well. These include:
- Feeling overwhelmed by life’s responsibilities
- Overwhelming sadness or unexplained sadness
- Anger and acting out
- Anxiety about life and tasks
- Feeling unworthy of what you have or want in life
- Extremes related to sleep: sleeping too much or too little
- Difficulty with concentration; sometimes young adults or teenagers will stop doing well in school, stop engaging in activities, or drop out because they can’t concentrate
- Passing up the opportunity to engage in your favorite activities or hobbies
- Not being able to find joy in your life or special occasions
- Buffering with food, alcohol, drugs, which can all lead to serious addictions
What Causes Depression?
The exact cause of depression is not known. Because everyone is different and reacts differently to life’s events, depression can vary from person to person. If left untreated, depression can become severe and take over a person’s life in a dramatic way. Some well-known causes of depression include:
- Major life events such as death, divorce, or job loss
- Diagnosis or treatment of life-threatening condition, such as cancer
- Money problems
- Relationships problems
- And more
How Many People Are Affected By Depression?
There are millions of people who affected by depression. The statistics say about 1 in every 10 people has suffered from depression or has depression. Unfortunately, those are just the numbers we know about. Many other cases of depression go undiagnosed and therefore, cannot be treated.
Despite depression becoming more mainstream and commonplace, it should not be taken for granted. It is a serious condition that weighs heavily on many lives. It is important to seek treatment for depression as soon as possible.
Improve Your Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, and Regain Control
One of the hardest parts about suffering from depression is the feelings associated with worthlessness. No matter how many times someone tells you that you are worthy, or valuable, or important to them, if you are depressed, you won’t hear them. It’s important to note that in order to overcome depression, you need to be able to find and recognize their own self-worth.
In today’s society, we draw so much of our value from what other people think and say, especially online, and that can lead us down a dark path of self-consciousness. When you seek therapy for depression, you can start to regain some of that control that you felt you lost. We can help you feel good about yourself and your life again by putting the reigns back in your hands.
What are the Treatment Options for Depression?
At Grief Recovery Center, we help those suffering from depression in Houston and the surrounding areas in a variety of ways. The focus is always on the client. What will help the client identify and overcome their depression in the best way possible? When we work with clients, we create an individualized treatment plan that might include some of the following modalities:
- Individual counseling or therapy
- Group counseling
- Family counseling
- Introduction and adoption of a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercise
- Goal setting and life planning
- And more
Each person who comes to Grief Recovery Center is treated with the utmost respect and compassion. We ensure that our clients feel comfortable and cared for throughout the treatment process. Our licensed therapists are there every step of the way to help guide them through the counseling and recovery process.
What are the Benefits of Depression Counseling?
Working to overcome depression can be a difficult task, but it is not impossible. For some people, depression can be treated. There are many benefits to undergoing a therapy program to manage depression including:
- Regaining a sense of control
- Regaining a sense of confidence
- Repairing relationships
- Gain a better understanding of yourself
- Create a plan for the short and long-term future
- Gain perspective on your belief systems and begin to work through them to improve your life
- Improve positive thoughts
- Gain insight into your life and past to determine triggers and events that might contribute to depression or depression onset
- Gaining the ability to express your needs to others related to your depression
- Learn how to create support networks for yourself
- Learn about choices for medication and alternative treatments
- And more
Is it Necessary to Take Medication for Depression?
Because each person is different, it is difficult to say whether a client will need to take medication to manage their depression. Medication is very effective in helping to manage the symptoms of depression for many people. It helps them get their life back while they continue to work through therapy and counseling.
Nobody will force a client to take medication for their depression; clients need to come to the decision on their own. Just as they should come to the decision to work with a licensed therapist on their own. The more responsibility a client takes for their therapy and treatment, the more successful they may be in the end. Medications may be discussed as part of a treatment plan, but it is not the only option and is often the last resort for people.
How Long is Depression Treatment?
Depending on how severe someone’s depression is, therapy may be required for years, or even for the rest of a person’s life. If someone is fearful of relapse or onset of depression in the future, they may choose to continue treatment even after their depression has subsided. People who have suffered from depression in the past are at a higher risk of developing depression again in the future. But when you know how to manage your symptoms, it can be much easier to regain control over your life if depression does occur again.
However, clients coming to Grief Recovery Center should know that a treatment plan will be designed for them based on their need, goals, and depression as it relates to them. That means that depression treatment could be much longer than one might anticipate; clients should be open to exploring therapy as long as they need to achieve the goals related to the therapy, whether that is to attempt to cure depression or manage it in a successful way.
Work with a Licensed Depression Therapist
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, or if you think you might have depression, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. One of our professional and compassionate licensed therapists is ready to help you take back your life. Whether depression is mild or severe, there is help. Working with a therapist provides a structure and plan for success. People who seek counseling or therapy are more likely to see long-term results related to the reduction of their depression and are better able to manage their depression throughout life.
Why Should You Attend Grief Recovery Center for Depression?
All of our licensed therapists have years of experience working with clients like yourself, or like your loved ones who suffer from depression. We know that it can be overwhelming to take the first step toward getting better, but we present treatment options in a realistic and approachable way.
We take the time to get to know our clients because we know that one-size-fits-all treatment plans don’t work for everyone. We conduct assessments throughout your therapy to determine progress and adjust your therapy as needed. That means that your treatment plan remains tailored to your specific needs. All of the choices are presented for you in a way that allows you to maintain control over your treatment. We can help if you let us.
Contact Grief Recovery Center Today
If you have questions or concerns, or if you want to make an appointment with a depression therapist in Houston to discuss how we can help you overcome or manage your depression, call or click for an appointment.