Lewis hasn’t felt like himself for some time. He recently moved and has been having difficulty adjusting to the changes in his social life and surroundings. While he enjoys his new job and is even closer to his family than he was before, something just feels off. He doesn’t enjoy many of the activities he used to take part in—his artwork and golf clubs sit untouched in the corner.
Though Lewis has been waiting to wake up and feel a sudden change, after several months, it’s beginning to look like he needs to take action. In fact, Lewis is worried that he’s depressed. He feels uncertain about what to do next, but he knows that if left untreated, depression could harm other aspects of his life, besides his mood. After some consideration, Lewis has decided to talk to a mental health professional about what he’s worried are symptoms of depression.
Like Lewis, you may be interested in the ways that a mental health professional can help you with your depression. At Thriveworks in Gilbert, AZ, our counselor, therapists, and psychiatrist treat depression on an individual basis, offering personalized mental health care that’s suited to fit your needs.
Am I Depressed? What Does Depression Feel Like?
Depression can manifest differently for everyone, so it’s important to talk openly with a provider about what’s bothering you. But with that in mind, there are common symptoms that might indicate that someone is depressed, including:
- Feeling chronically fatigued
- A noted lack of interest in sex, hobbies, or relationships
- Feeling distant from loved ones and friends
- Decreased work performance
- Overeating or avoiding eating
- Lack of self-care (i.e. personal hygiene or a clean living environment)
- Abusing drugs or alcohol to cope with emotional pain
There’s no need to be concerned if you’re not seeing what you’ve experienced above; these are just a few of the many different signs of depression. If you’re diagnosed with depression by a provider at Thriveworks in Gilbert, AZ you may find that your personal experience varies.
How Can Depression Therapy Help Me?
For many people, talking with a therapist or counselor helps to manage and mitigate the symptoms of depression, which are often disruptive and harmful to our everyday lives. Our counselors and therapists at Thriveworks in Gilbert, AZ can assist those with depression by:
- Creating a professional connection with their client to better understand their depression
- Serving as a verbal and emotional outlet for those burdened by this mood disorder
- Using talk and behavioral therapy to implement coping strategies for clients
For other clients with more persistent or severe forms of depression, connecting with a psychiatrist is more beneficial. Psychiatrists are a specialized type of provider— they’re:
- Medical doctors who are licensed to conduct depression therapy sessions
- Able to use helpful prescription medicine and therapy as needed to assist people
- Often a better option for those with more severe cases of depression
Ultimately, whichever provider type you’re paired with, you’ll receive top-quality mental health care—something that thousands of people across the country have come to expect from Thriveworks.
What Type of Depression Do I Have?
“Depression” as we commonly think of it actually refers to a group of closely related emotional disorders, whose effects vary wildly. Though there are many types of depression, our therapists and psychiatrists commonly treat:
- Minor depression: As the name implies, this is less severe than major depression but just as harmful. Because those with this disorder may go long periods without feeling depressed, identifying what’s triggering their sadness can be difficult for those with minor depression.
- Postpartum depression: Postpartum depression affects women who’ve given birth; those who underwent caesarian sections or had a miscarriage are at higher risk. This disorder can onset immediately or months after childbirth.
- Major depression: This disorder causes emotional detachment, sadness, hopelessness, and apathy. Those who suffer from major depression may become socially isolated, further exacerbating their condition. It’s what most people think of when they hear the word “depression”.
- Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder can cause depression when the mood swings that it causes fluctuate. Those with bipolar disorder may feel extremely happy for a minute, and furious or dejected in the next.
Schedule a Depression Therapy Session at Thriveworks in Gilbert, AZ
Getting effective treatment and coping strategies for your depression shouldn’t be difficult: with the assistance of our providers at Thriveworks in Gilbert, AZ it’s easier than ever to prioritize your mental health. Call our office when you’re ready to start getting the counseling, therapy, or psychiatry treatment you need to move forward. When you contact us, you’ll be assisted by someone from our scheduling team. Our specialists are available seven days a week, so everything from setting up your insurance, to booking your first session is made easy.
And when you’ve enrolled with us, you’ll get instant access to exclusive perks, like:
- Online therapy options: Meet with your provider virtually, and enjoy the freedom to do so from home or the office.
- Our Therapy Buddy app: A personal progress assistant that helps track your journey as you attend therapy.
- A digital copy of “Leaving Depression Behind”: A valuable resource that aims to help people recover from and cope with anxiety.
- Flexible cancellations
- Talk with a life coach at Thriveworks: Our Q/A chat line can help you out in-between appointments.
As a mental health disorder that can put distance between us and the things we love the most, it’s always best to seek treatment for depression. Take the time to consider if you could benefit from connecting with one of our mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Gilbert, AZ. Find your inner balance with guidance from a counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist.