Depression Counseling, Treatment and Help in Lehigh Valley (Bethlehem, PA)
Depression Treatment and Care
The DSM5 textbook definition of depression is:
“Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad, empty, hopeless) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful). (Note: In children and adolescents, can be irritable mood.)”
Coldly clinical isn’t it? This type of a definition is no help in understanding the way someone feels when they are combating depression. The depth of the darkness of the mood can be almost indescribable. Family and friends advice of “pull yourself together” or “don’t worry be happy” are of no help. Even Oprah’s and Dr Phil’s miracles are of no use. Society’s message of everything should be easy and fun only causes greater depth in the despair.
There is hope for the disease of depression. We understand that there is pain in depression. Entering in to treatment with a trained professional skilled at working with depression is a first step. Identifying the cause and developing a course of action is a next step. We can support you in this work. It is important to identify specifically what is happening in your life as well. While bereavement, grief and loss, family disruptions, chemical substance abuse all may mimic or lead to clinical depression, the causes need to be identified and to be resolved.
Some additional symptoms of depression include:
- Loss of energy
- Prolonged sadness
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Changes in mood/irritability
- Loss of interest in routine tasks
- Loss of interest in hobbies or things you enjoy
- Difficulty remaining focused
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Increased thoughts of death or suicide
- Loss of appetite/increased appetite
If you can identify with even some of these symptoms we are available to support your journey toward a healthy life. We have openings available and our counselors are available at a variety of times. We are centrally located in the Lehigh Valley just of Route 22 and Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem. Our offices are designed to be warm and comforting. We accept most major insurance plans and offer affordable rates – getting help for depression may be more affordable than you thought. Call for an appointment today: 484-241-2848
Don’t spend another day held captive by depression. You can be free to live again.