“I don’t feel sad. At least, that’s not how I’d describe it,” Mike tells his sister. “It’s more like an empty and hopeless feeling.” Mike has been struggling with depression for the last few months now. He kept it to himself for as long as he could, but his friends and family started to worry when he stopped reaching out. On top of this emptiness and hopelessness, Mike struggles to fall asleep at night and get out of bed in the mornings. He lacks motivation, fails to concentrate at work, and wants to just be alone. His sister expresses due concern: “Mike, I’m really worried about you. I want you to know that I’m here to help you however I can, but I think you might need some professional help.”
When we start to experience symptoms of a mental health condition or develop difficult feelings that we don’t quite know what to do with, our loved ones can prove helpful… to an extent. Sometimes, though, we need to reach out for professional help from a counselor, therapist, or psychologist. These mental health professionals have devoted time to develop the right skills, gain experience, and finish training, all of which allow them to help people just like you during painful or tough times.
“It is very hard to explain to people who have never known serious depression or anxiety the sheer continuous intensity of it. There is no off switch.” –Matt Haig
If you are battling feelings of depression like Mike, or you’re experiencing depression symptoms, consider working with a depression therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to help you every step of your journey. They will help you cope with and manage your depression symptoms; they’ll help you explore underlying causes of your depression; and they’ll help you live a happier life again. To schedule depression therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT, just call our office.
Depression Symptoms: What Are They? Am I Depressed?
One of the tricky things about depression, as well as many other mental health conditions, is that the symptoms can look different from person to person. For example, one individual might feel empty, hopeless, unmotivated; another might experience more physical symptoms like difficulty sleeping or changes in weight and appetite.
That said, there are common depression symptoms that you should know about. “The major signs and symptoms of depression include physical and psychological symptoms,” explains Lilliam Rodriquez, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at our Norwalk office. “The physical symptoms can include poor sleep/over sleeping, poor appetite/increased appetite, little to no energy, feeling constantly tired, and having difficulties completing day to day tasks due to feeling exhausted. Psychological symptoms include feeling badly for yourself, feelings of hopelessness for the future, feeling like its you against the world, anhedonia (not being able to experience any pleasure), and feeling like your walking with a dark cloud over your head. You can experience some or many of these symptoms, among others.”
If you feel depressed and are experiencing depression symptoms, please consider reaching out for help from a mental health professional. It’s incredibly important that you work with a counselor or depression experts on our team who would be happy to assist you.
Can Depression Therapy Help Me? How?
Depression therapy has proven to help people with depression, in a few specific ways: “Depression counseling can greatly impact the duration and course of depression. Many times treatment can provide you with a better understanding of your depression, particular triggers, how it impacts you and your life specifically, identify what are your strengths, provide you with tools to manage your symptoms, and achieve recovery,” says Rodriquez. “Counseling can also equip you to identify early symptoms of depression, if you were to experience reoccurring episodes, before becoming consumed by depression’s symptoms and impact.”
In addition, the depression therapists and counselors at Thriveworks in Norwalk, CT can provide you with undying support on this difficult journey. If you choose to work with one of our experts, your counselor therapist will provide you with an individualized approach to treatment. This means that they will get to know you before they design your treatment plan to best ensure that you get the most out of counseling or therapy. This all goes back to our mission, which is to help people live happy, successful lives.
Schedule Depression Therapy at Thriveworks in Norwalk, CT
If you’re struggling, we want to help. Thriveworks in Norwalk has depression therapists on staff who have helped people just like you come out on the other side of their depression. They can offer the vital help, guidance, and support that you need right now.
To schedule depression therapy at Thriveworks in Norwalk, CT, simply give our office a call. Our scheduling specialists will work with you to get you set up for an appointment on a day and at a time that works for you. We have flexible options, including evening and weekend sessions, and even online counseling.
We hope to hear from you soon and look forward to assisting you!