What is Depression?

Depression is a common mood disorder that can range from persistent sadness to not being able to function. Depression is characterized by affecting the way you behave, think, and feel. It is a medical diagnosis and is very treatable.


What are Symptoms of Depression?

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Low Mood
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Sleeping too much
  • Feeling that you can’t experience happy emotions, or your emotions are blunted
  • Lack of interest in things you were once interested in
  • Low Energy
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Feeling not connected to relationships
  • Change in Appetite
  • Feeling that your thinking or moving slower than normal
  • Feeling Guilty
  • Feeling Worthless
  • Feeling that there is no hope for the future to change


Who Gets Depression?

Depression affects all ages, genders, and races. One in every six people will experience a depressive episode in their lifetime. Depression can start in childhood but on average tends to start in early adulthood. Depression can be associated with mental health struggles such as anxiety, bipolar, substance abuse, and others.


Treatments for Depression

Medications: Depression is often treated with a medication class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). These medications help restore the neurochemical imbalance within the brain focusing on serotonin. There are other medication classes that can help with depression as well. To find the best medication with the least amount of side effects it is best to consult a psychiatrist. Medications are not always the most preferable method to treat depression.

Therapy: The most common type of therapy for depression is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This type of therapy has been found to be just as effective as medication. This therapy can also be used in conjunction with an anti-depressant medication. CBT focuses on the interconnectedness of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Through emotional support, education, and specific skills CBT helps you find relief from the symptoms of depression. Other therapies such as dialectical behavioral therapy, person centered therapy, and acceptance commitment therapy have been shown to be effective in treating depression.


Get Help Now

Depression can be debilitating, isolating, and life threatening if gone without treatment. You do not have to suffer alone. There are effective treatments available to help provide you relief from depression. Valor Counseling can provide you with individualized therapy with support, compassion, and confidentially. Give yourself the treatment you deserve by calling 630-410-1818 or Contact Us today

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