We all have bad days every now and then. We wake up feeling unexcited for the day, wishing we could just stay in bed. Other people though, have these “bad days” every day—not just every now and then. They wake up feeling unexcited, hopeless, unmotivated to begin their day. They do stay in bed, and important areas of life suffer as a result. These individuals aren’t just sad or having an off day, they have a clinical illness: depression.
“Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.”
According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people all around the world were depressed in 2017. Additionally, according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 17.3 million adults in the US experienced a major depressive episode within the past year. And it’s estimated that 15% of adults will experience depression at some point in their lives. These numbers show just how widespread depression is and highlight the importance of understanding symptoms of depression as well as effective treatment methods.
Counseling has proven to help people with depression live happier, healthier lives. If you are feeling depressed, consider reaching out to a depression counselor or psychologist at Thriveworks Boston. We have providers who specialize in treating people with depression and they want to help you live better. Call (617) 671-1264 today to schedule an appointment.
What Is Depression? Do I Have It?
Depression drains away hope, happiness, and life from the people it inflicts as well as the friends and family closest to them. What many people don’t realize, though, is that clinical depression is a very treatable condition. Clinical studies conducted over the last 20+ years have found time and time again that counseling helps recovery from even severe depression.
While the questions below cannot confirm 100% whether or not you have depression, if you answer “yes” to more than three questions, you might be experiencing some level of clinical depression:
- Have you felt down most of the day, more days than not, for at least 2 weeks?
- Are you bothered by things that in the past didn’t bother you?
- Are you experiencing an increase in physical aches or pains? Do you find that you get sick easily?
- Are you having trouble falling asleep at night; or waking up early (unable to fall back asleep)?
- Has your appetite or weight recently fluctuated?
- Are you having any problems concentrating?
- Do you find that simple daily tasks seem to take a large effort to accomplish?
- Do you predict that your future will be depressing, painful, sad, or unpleasant?
- Do you feel lonely?
- Have you been withdrawing from others?
- Have you lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy?
As we mentioned before, counseling is proven to help people with depression. So, if you are experiencing the above symptoms or you think you might be depressed, consider working with a depression counselor. We have counselors on staff who are trained and experienced in helping their clients to understand and manage the harmful symptoms that often accompany depression.
Depression Isn’t Just “the Blues”—Get Help Today at Thriveworks Boston
Depression steals life away from the person struggling with it and their loved ones. If you answered “yes” to any combination of the questions in the list above, you may be suffering with depression. But you don’t have to nor should you struggle with it alone. In fact, there are very effective treatments for depression, one being depression counseling
Let the counselors and psychologists at Thriveworks Boston help. The one good thing about depression is that it is extremely treatable—you can learn to manage your symptoms and live a happier, healthier life. Call us at (617) 671-1264 to schedule your first appointment. Nervous about calling? Let us call you! Leave your phone number and we will call you back within 24 hours. You can also book online, if you prefer. Whatever you decide, you can expect quick, flexible scheduling. Also, we work with many different insurance companies to best help all clients. We look forward to helping you.
Experience the Thriveworks difference today. Contact us now to schedule an appointment (which you could have as soon as 24 hours!) and let us help you thrive.