Leticia’s car gets stuck in the snow. After (literally) spinning her wheels for a few minutes, she runs back inside to use the restroom and read up on how to “unstuck” a vehicle. Most of the methods require supplies or additional help that she does not have. She lives alone and would hate to burden anyone else by calling for a ride, anyway.
Before getting out of the bathroom, still not sure how to solve her problem, she drops her phone in the toilet. The phone that she just paid $130 to have the screen replaced on — twice. Suddenly, the pressure in her head rises — whether perceived or otherwise. She feels like screaming, but settles for a few profanities. (Thankfully, there’s no cat to kick.) Leticia then opens up her laptop, but remembers she left the charger at work, and drained the battery while watching episodes of The Walking Dead last night. “Why can’t I get it together,” she wonders.
She makes it to work after a neighbor comes along with rock salt, a shovel and a strong push, but she was feeling too stressed and overwhelmed for the act of random kindness to improve her mood. The rest of the day, she can’t seem to focus. She’s beginning to realize that there’s a problem. She stays up late, wakes up late and makes careless mistakes as a result, which further pull her focus from the things she needs and wants to get done. She needs help, but may not know how available it really is.
With depression, even things that you once enjoyed can begin to feel pointless or draining, and the feelings of overall hopelessness block you from seeing the lifelines and opportunities that are never far from reach. If even only on an incremental basis, help is out there in the form of the friend who asks how your day is (be honest), and in the transformative guidance available to you at Thriveworks Marietta in Cobb County. We have depression counselors and psychologists on staff who specialize in helping individuals to manage their symptoms, understand potential causes of depression, and live a happy life again.
What Is Depression? What are the Symptoms?
Major depressive disorder (MDD), the most common type of depression, also referred to recurrent depression disorder, is when you experience overwhelmingly negative feelings such as worthlessness, hopelessness, anxiety, sadness and irritability, for a period of at least two weeks, and to the extent that your day-to-day functioning is impaired. Other common forms of depression include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder
- Postpartum depression
- Psychotic depression
- And more
Going to the grocery store. Making the bed. Taking a shower. Going to sleep. Waking up. Taking care of yourself. It’s like you have a wet paper bag over your head but can’t figure out why breathing is so difficult, why everything is so dark and disorienting. Depression is a threat to all areas of your life. When you’re depressed, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Persistent sadness
- Chronic fatigue
- Prolonged feelings of guilt
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much (insomnia, hypersomnia)
- Diminished interest or pleasure in all or almost all activities
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Recurrent thoughts of death and suicide
- Physical ailments that don’t improve after care
Why Do I Feel this Way?
Anyone can get depressed. From your favorite rock star or novelist, to the person who delivers your pizza on a Friday night. No race, age, gender or socioeconomic designation is beyond its effects. Sometimes, depression can run in families. In other instances, a childhood trauma or the loss of a job can initiate a downward turn in mood, and you might spiral into a depressive episode.
Regardless of the circumstances that cause them, it’s most important to know that these feelings are getting in the way of your life but they don’t have to. Reach out to Thriveworks Marietta, GA Depression Counseling, and one of our gifted therapists will teach you how to manage your depression and thrive through even in wake of these challenges.
Schedule Depression Counseling at Thriveworks Marietta in Cobb County
We like to believe that we can figure things out on our own, but it’s common to be too close to the problem to even notice that you’re depressed, much less know how to deal with it. If you’ve been experiencing a depressed (or sad) mood, lack of focus, lack of motivation, or anxiety, reach out to Thriveworks Marietta, GA in Cobb County. We have depression counselors and psychologists who can help.
We believe in the value of mental health therapy (much like the widely-accepted practice of physical therapy) that we want you to make getting the help you need as smooth as possible. We operate off a strict “zero waiting list” policy, which ensures that you’ll be in your first session quickly, and you’ll have flexible scheduling options to choose from.
Take your mood issues seriously, if not because of where they could lead to, but because of what they may be holding you back from. You can thrive. You can find purpose in your personal and professional life. And we can help.