Depression Counseling in Cumming, GA—Counselors and Therapists

When it comes to major depression, the most prominent characteristic is a persistent sense of despair or deep sadness. Sometimes, this sadness is presented as irritability. And often, the individual isn’t able to enjoy activities he or she used to find great pleasure in. There are additional symptoms that prove harmful to those who suffer with major depression. The good news, though, is that there is treatment out there that helps individuals to manage these symptoms and live a happy, healthy life despite their depression.

“No matter how bad things are right now. No matter how stuck you feel.

No matter how many days you’ve spent crying and wishing things were different.

No matter how hopeless and depressed you feel.

I promise you that you won’t feel this way forever. Keep going.”

–Helen Wilson

Depression counseling is proven to help people manage their symptoms and live a happy, healthy life again. If you think you might be depressed, consider working with a depression counselor at Thriveworks Cumming. We only work with the best of the best providers—which means your depression counselor will have an impressive set of skills, level of training, and experience. If you are ready to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (770) 224-7008. We’re ready to get started when you are.

Symptoms of Major Depression

Major depressive disorder (MDD), also called major depression, has become pretty familiar to the masses. However, because we have become more familiar, it may cause us to overlook the pervasiveness and severity of this diagnosis. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5), symptoms of major depression include:

  • Depressed mood or irritability most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feelings of sadness or emptiness) or observation made my others (e.g., appears tearful).
  • Decreased interest or pleasure in most activities
  • Significant weight or appetite change
  • Changes in sleep (e.g., insomnia or hypersomnia)
  • Changes in activity level
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Major depression can be debilitating. It can create challenges in all parts of a person’s life including their career, relationships, and physical wellbeing.

Effective Treatment for Major Depression

Counseling in conjunction with medication management from a psychiatrist can prove to be incredibly helpful. Over time, clients notice their progress and episodes of severe depression symptoms seem to be a thing of the past.

Research shows that major depression disorder is often recurrent. The good news, though, is that research also shows that continued time in counseling, support groups, and medication management is beneficial. If you have experienced a major depressive episode before, here are several steps you can take if it reoccurs:

  1. Recognize your symptoms: Are you more tearful? Are you sleeping excessively? Are you feeling hopeless? If you notice these symptoms, do not ignore them.
  2. Ask for help: If you have stopped seeing your mental health professional, plug back in. Reconnect with your therapist; set up an appointment with your physiatrist. The mental health professionals in your life know depression occurs in cycles. Going back to therapy or increasing the frequency of therapy does not signify failure; it is essential to self-care.
  3. Mindset check: This journey of recovery is a marathon, not a sprint. Quick fixes aren’t your friend. Creating healthy patterns you can stick to can help ground you when depression symptoms resurface.
  4. Get support: Do not isolate yourself. Spend time with trusted friends, go to family functions, socialize with coworkers, and look for support groups in your area.

Schedule an Appointment for Depression Counseling at Thriveworks Cumming

Do any of the symptoms mentioned in this article sound familiar? If so, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Cumming. We have experts on staff who specialize in depression counseling. Their extensive training and experience supplements their unique skill set and allows them to help their clients heal.

If you are ready to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (770) 224-7008. A scheduling specialist will assist you with setting up an appointment. You will have flexible options to choose from, including evening and weekend sessions.

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