Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been massively successful in Hollywood, but he has still struggled with symptoms of depression, one of the most common mental health conditions in the world. Johnson once stated, “I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone.” This insight can be a comfort because depression tends to isolate people from their friends, family members, and overall support system. Interacting with other people can be difficult when you don’t have the physical or mental energy to leave your bed. Someone battling depression may feel that their experience is utterly singular.
But psychologists and psychiatrists know more about depression than ever before: what causes it, what sustains it, and what can alleviate it. And these experts also know how pervasive the condition is across socioeconomic classes, genders, sexual orientations, races, and other demographics. Depression can affect anyone, even movie stars. Fortunately, Thriveworks Counseling Cleveland (South) offers a number of evidence-based mental health services to help people in Ohio confront and overcome their depression.
Can Counseling Help with Depression?
Counseling can help with depression in a number of effective ways, depending on what will benefit each unique person who is struggling. At Thriveworks Counseling Cleveland (South), licensed mental health professionals treat both the symptoms and the underlying causes of depression. This approach helps ease suffering while also helping to prevent future episodes of depression.
Not all therapy is created alike, however. Thriveworks is serious about matching clients to the counselor or therapist who can be most effective and helpful in each case of depression. For example, if someone links their depression to family issues or sexuality issues, they might benefit most from talking to a therapist who specializes in relationships or LGBTQ issues. Thriveworks Counseling Cleveland (South) offers a wide variety of compassionate psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, and other specialists who can truly connect with clients in their treatment of depression.
What Type of Therapy Is Used for Depression?
Different clients might respond to different types of therapy for depression, which is why each therapist at Thriveworks Counseling Cleveland (South) tailors their approach for each individual case. One popular evidence-based talk therapy intervention for depression is cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. The CBT approach helps people identify and modify the negative or perseverative thinking patterns that can lead to depression. Other modalities that depression counselors might use include the following:
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Strength-based therapy
- Person-centered therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Lifestyle adjustments in diet and exercise
- Maintenance of sleep routines
- Relationship counseling
- Family therapy
How Is Depression Diagnosed?
Major depression disorder, also known as clinical depression, is diagnosed according to criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Depression symptoms can vary widely between clients, however. For example, depression tends to manifest as anger or irritability in men more often than women. When you talk to a licensed therapist at Thriveworks Counseling Cleveland (South), they will ask you about your feelings, your behaviors, your relationships, your routines, and much more. They will probably be looking for any of the following symptoms of depression:
- Persistent sadness or despair
- Loss of pleasure (anhedonia)
- Overwhelming feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Low self-esteem
- Physical exhaustion
- Sleep disturbances
- Appetite changes
- Physical pain that can’t be explained by medical causes
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Psychomotor retardation or agitation (changes in energy levels)
- Occupational or financial issues
- Relationship issues
- Suicidal ideation (if you are feeling suicidal, please call a suicide prevention hotline or seek help immediately)
Feelings of depression can be incredibly painful, but they are treatable. You do not have to live with a mood disorder.
Get Help with Depression at Thriveworks Counseling Cleveland, OH (South)
If you have been suffering from intense negative feelings for longer than two weeks, you may benefit from talking to a licensed therapist at Thriveworks Counseling Cleveland (South). You can trust Thriveworks depression counselors to meet you where you are and work with you at a pace that makes you feel safe and comfortable. Thriveworks offers mental health services in-person at the modern office as well as virtually through online therapy. Virtual counseling means that you can speak to a licensed therapist from your home, so there are fewer obstacles to getting the treatment you need.
When you call Thriveworks Counseling Cleveland (South), we will match you to an Ohio therapist quickly, usually within 24-48 hours of your call. We accept most major forms of health insurance coverage, helping to keep your counseling sessions affordable. Our psychologists and other mental health professionals specialize in treating different types of depressive clients who have different kinds of depression, including postpartum depression, bipolar depression, dysthymia, and others. Thriveworks is a great place to talk through your issue in a nonjudgmental space. We want all our clients to leave their sessions with renewed hope and confidence in their future. We look forward to helping you soon!