Hannah struggles to get out of bed most mornings. The prospect of going to school every day in her small town feels overwhelming. She finds little joy in seeing her friends and feels no motivation to complete her homework. Her daydreams used to include going to college in a big city, but lately, she doesn’t think it’ll work out. She feels isolated from her peers and prefers staying in her room so she doesn’t have to interact with her family.
During a particularly intense bout of unhappiness, her older brother visits for the holidays and talks to Hannah about his therapist. She decides to set up a session — her therapist diagnoses her with major depressive disorder and creates a treatment plan that includes medication and talk therapy. With a better understanding of her situation, Hannah starts making changes in her life. She signs up for classes that offer college credit and starts planning for the future.
If Hannah’s experience sounds familiar, you might be living with a depressive disorder. Depressive disorders can sap enjoyment from your life, create trouble in relationships, and impact your ability to be present in school or work. Unfortunately, millions of people experience some form of depression every day in the United States alone. Fortunately, there are ways to treat and manage depression that can help you manage the disorder and live a happier life.
Thriveworks Counseling in New Orleans, LA, has a team of licensed professionals equipped to help you manage depression and its symptoms. We want to provide support for anyone struggling with depression. Call our office today or use our online scheduling tool to set up your first appointment.
Most Common Causes and Types of Depression
Depression is a mental illness that can take over your life and cause a variety of psychological, emotional, and physical symptoms. Depressive disorders are a category of mood disorders that can cause immense loneliness, sadness, and disinterest. These periods can come and go daily or interrupt your life for months at a time.
Some of the most common types and symptoms of depression include:
- Postpartum depression: Experienced by parents after a child is born, postpartum depression can involve insomnia, exhaustion, irritability, and difficulty bonding with your child.
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): Often occurs in places with significantly less sunlight at certain times of the year, especially in the winter months. Symptoms include fatigue, hopelessness, and social withdrawal.
- Major depressive disorder: One of the most common depressive disorders, major depressive disorder is often caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and social stressors. It materializes as feelings of sadness, disinterest, or suicidal thoughts and influences your sleep schedule, appetite, energy level, and self-esteem.
Depression can have major impacts on someone’s life. Negative thoughts and low confidence can make reaching out feel impossible. We want you to know that you don’t have to deal with depression on your own. Consulting a mental health professional can help.
Do you want to talk to someone about your depression? Consider calling our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in New Orleans, LA.
How Can Depression Therapy Help?
Therapy has become a buzzword in recent years, but you might still feel a social stigma about seeking counseling. We want to do everything we can to break the stigma surrounding mental health care. At Thriveworks, skilled and empathetic therapists help clients work through their depression using a variety of techniques and treatments.
Two common ways therapists treat depression are through talk therapy sessions and prescription medications. Whether your depression is triggered by trauma from your past or ongoing stress at work or home, the right therapist or counselor can help you work through it by discussing your personal needs and goals.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an example of a type of psychotherapy frequently used to treat depression. CBT focuses on helping people notice and change negative patterns of thought and behavior. Antidepressant medications are also an essential part of some treatment plans. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications for their clients. Therapists and counselors can partner with a psychiatrist for medication management services for their clients. Your provider might suggest starting on medication if they think it could help you manage your symptoms.
Meet with a Depression Professional at Thriveworks in New Orleans, LA
At Thriveworks, we ensure our mental health services are easily accessible. Our online counseling services are a convenient way to get depression counseling help from the comfort of your own home. We take many forms of insurance and offer evening and weekend sessions so you can easily find time for therapy in your schedule.
Thriveworks Counseling offers several other exclusive benefits. These include:
- Advice from your counselor in between appointments
- Our Therapy Buddy app
- Text-based support for scheduling and billing
- Counselor-moderated community discussions
- Exclusive video content
- Free eBook about depression
Do you want to start working with a mental health professional to discuss your depression? Consider calling our office at Thriveworks Counseling in New Orleans, LA. Someone from our team can help you get set up with your first appointment.