Tips For Dealing With Depression

Depression is a very common psychological condition among Americans, of all ages.  Just because this condition is common does not mean it is any less debilitating. Depression can prevent people from enjoying their lives, or from living the lives that they have always envisioned for themselves. At its most extreme, it can discourage people from leaving their house, or going about their daily activities. Even though depression is quite debilitating, many people who suffer from depression suffer in silence. For a variety of reasons, many depression sufferers do not get the treatment that they need. This should not be the case. If you suffer from depression, you should know that there are many treatments available to you, and that these treatments can help you cope with and ultimately end depression. This is guide will highlight some tips and treatments for dealing with this condition.

Recognizing Depression

One of the most important steps toward beating depression is recognizing it for what it is. Unfortunately, many people fail to seek treatment for depression because they chalk their symptoms up to “the blues,” or “a rough patch.” Everyone gets sad on occasion, especially as a result of hurtful events in our lives: loss of a loved one, a difficult breakup, and career disappointments. Typically though, we recover from the sadness these events cause and get back to enjoying our lives. If the sadness persists for weeks, months, or even years, or you have intense negative feelings that you cannot trace to any external source, it may be that you suffer from depression. If you suspect that this might be the case, do not make the diagnosis yourself. Instead, talk to a licensed therapist, who will be able to assess and diagnose you.  Receiving this diagnosis will be a positive step toward recovery, and it will actually give you some peace to know what is going on inside you.

Our therapists at Bull City Psychotherapy are highly qualified with treating depression. We use research based treatments that work. Our advanced training in trauma work, cognitive and dialectic therapy, mindfulness, and other treatments are resources to help you feel better and learn tools to deal with and ultimately end depression being a major factor in your life.


Seeking Therapy For Depression

A therapist will not only be able to diagnose depression; they will be able to help you get through it. There are many therapy settings and styles/theories of counseling available.  Find the one the best suits your temperament, beliefs, and personality.  Therapy appointments are covered under many health insurance plans, so talk to your health insurance provider about the mental health coverage that is provided on your plan. It is important to find a therapist who has substantial experience with treating depression. It is also important that you come to your therapy appointments ready to work with your therapist to create a treatment plan that you can follow, so you can feel better soon.


Do Not Suffer In Silence

Many people feel embarrassed opening up to their friends and loved ones about depression and other mental health issues.  This is unfortunate, because opening up to trusted friends and relatives can help lift the burden.  Having a strong support system will help you feel more connected and less depressed. . Not only that, but just having someone to talk to will help you feel supported and less alone  during the tough times.

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