You Don’t Have to Live With Depression: Woodbridge, VA Counseling Can Help

Many people think of depression as simply feeling sad or disconnected. While these are common emotions that people with depression feel, they’re not the only symptoms. People with depression can feel lethargic, hopeless, and unmotivated. Undiagnosed and untreated depression can lead to suicidal ideation and can range anywhere from severe to mild. No matter where you are on the spectrum, no matter how long you’ve felt depressed, Woodbridge depression counseling can help.

Depression can have both physiological and environmental factors

Brain chemistry plays a large role in depression but life experiences can affect this brain chemistry over time. Some people never struggle with depression until they’re hit with a trauma, a stressful life change, or the death of a loved one. Other less abrupt traumas can also lead to depression, including being socially isolated, domestic abuse, and underlying health issues.

The difference between depression and sadness

The symptoms of depression are different from the symptoms of grief or sadness in one simple way: sadness and grief are temporary. Depression is a state that persists for more than a few weeks and interrupts daily life.

Common symptoms of depression

While many people who are depressed feel sad, not everyone does. The range of depression symptoms is wide and includes frequent crying, feelings of worthlessness, anxiety, loss of interest in things you used to enjoy, feelings of hopelessness, changes in sleeping habits, anger, aches and pains, changes in weight, thoughts of suicide, changes in eating habits, and difficulty concentrating.

When a person experiences depression, they can find it difficult to deal with everyday stresses and simple activities like bathing, dressing, and leaving the house. The fact that these seemingly simple activities seem so difficult to a person dealing with depression can lead to a further decline in mood and a worsening of depression symptoms. In short: it can turn into a vicious cycle.

There is a way forward from depression

Depression can be scary both for the person experiencing it and their loved ones. Woodbridge depression therapy is your first step toward coming back to yourself. Let Thriveworks Woodbridge Counseling & Coaching help you safely and compassionately move through your depression.