Have you ever had a week where nothing seems to be going right? Maybe there was something stressful happening at work, or maybe you haven’t been able to sleep. Then, on top of it all, you’ve noticed that you’ve been struggling to get along with your friends. As a result, you might find yourself feeling down and hopeless that things will ever start to feel better.
When you have depression, these feelings don’t relent very easily. Depression is a mood disorder that negatively affects the way you think, feel, and act for sustained periods of time. For a person with depression, it often doesn’t matter if their workload is alleviated, they’re able to start sleeping better, or they’re feeling better about their friendships — the feelings of pessimism and hopelessness either persist or will return.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We want you to know support is available. Call our office at Thriveworks in Fremont, CA, or use our online booking tool to help you get started.
What Are Common Causes and Symptoms of Depressive Disorders?
What exactly causes depression is not known. It can impact anyone, but there are certain risk factors that can make people more susceptible to developing depression. There are also several different forms of depression, including major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression. How or when symptoms present can differ between disorders.
There are a number of symptoms that can let you know that you may have a depressive disorder, including:
- Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and pessimism
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities you once enjoyed
- Feelings of guilt, blame, and low-self worth
- Lack of energy or exhaustion
- Hypersomnia or insomnia
- Changes in appetite
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Social isolation
- Difficulty focusing, concentrating, or making decisions
- Heightened anger and irritability
- Increased restlessness and anxiety
- Thoughts of self-harm, death, or suicide
Oftentimes, depressive disorders can occur alongside other mental health conditions, such as anxiety disorders or substance abuse issues. They can also, for example, develop in a person dealing with chronic physical illness.
You may find that you’re experiencing most of these symptoms, or perhaps only one or two currently apply to your situation. There is no singular way people experience this disorder, so if you notice that you’ve been experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks, don’t feel like you have to push through them — consider reaching out to us at Thriveworks in Fremont, CA to get the help you need.
How Therapy Can Help With Depression
We understand that talking about your depression can be incredibly difficult. For some people, they even hesitate to bring up that they’re struggling to even their closest friends out of fear of rejection. It’s typical to want to hide how you’re feeling, but there is support when you need it. Our licensed therapists and counselors in Fremont, CA can help you manage your depression.
Through therapy, a mental health professional can provide a judgment-free space for you to talk about your depression. Whether your depression is mild, moderate, or severe, our team will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to address your unique needs.
Forms of therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) emphasize learning to identify and reframe harmful thinking patterns to give you more control overregulating your emotions. Your therapist will help you build coping skills into your life like exercise, a healthy diet, and other self-soothing activities to help you with your depression and might also recommend medication in addition to your therapy sessions.
Schedule a Session With a Therapist in Fremont, CA
Dealing with depression can make you feel trapped under a weight that feels impossible to lift — but you don’t have to go it alone. At Thriveworks, we can provide you with the quality care you need when you’re ready to take the next step.
We offer appointment times in the morning, afternoon, and evening during the week and on weekends. Can’t make it into our offices? No problem — we provide online counseling through phone calls and video chats as well. These appointments come at an affordable rate, as we accept many major forms of insurance. If you ever can’t make an appointment, we have a flexible cancelation policy with no penalties or fines.
When you enroll with Thriveworks, you’ll also have access to exclusive features such as:
- Ask-a-coach 24hr Q&A submissions
- Online video content
- Our Therapy Buddy mobile app
- A text support line for scheduling and billing
- Phone and email access to your provider in between sessions
- A free copy of our e-book “Leaving Depression Behind”
Are you ready to work with someone to help you gain control of your mental health? Consider calling our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Fremont, CA to schedule your first appointment.