Therapy for Depression in San Antonio, TX—Counselors
Celebrities. Politicians. Athletes. Models. Business leaders. Bosses. Employees. Co-workers. Friends. Daughters. Sons. Siblings. Moms. Dads. Grandparents. Spouses. Partners. Aunts. Uncles. Depression strikes anyone, anywhere, in any phase of life. Depression look like a man in his 50s, at the peak of his career who cannot shake a feeling of inadequacy. Depression can look like a woman in her 30s who feels tired and overwhelmed and is raising three small children. Depression can look like a fourth grader who used to love school, but now sits on the side at recess and barely touches her lunch. Depression is a serious illness that can disrupt and destroy lives, but it is also a serious illness that has treatment options. More and more, mental health professionals are developing ways to fight depression, and more and more, people are receive the mental health care they need to heal.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
The therapists at Thriveworks San Antonio have worked with many clients who are fighting depression and have helped them find treatment. We know that depression leaves people feeling depleted and hopeless, but we also know that many people have faced that fear and found themselves and their hope again. No one has to go through that journey alone—the mental health professionals at Thriveworks San Antonio are ready to help.
Depression’s Various Forms
There are a number of ways that depression can manifest itself. It is not a singular illness, but there are many different forms. Here are six of those forms:
1) Major Depressive Disorder
This form of depression is what most people simply call depression. When Major Depressive Disorder strikes, people will experience at least five of these symptoms on more days than not and for a period of two weeks:
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking.
- Feelings of intense hopelessness, emptiness, sadness, despair.
- Substantial weight loss or gain.
- Lost pleasure in everyday activities.
- Appetite changes.
- Disrupted sleep patterns (hypersomnia or insomnia).
- Loss of energy/fatigue.
- Changes in levels of activity.
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or self-hatred.
- Thoughts of suicide and/or death.
Major Depressive Disorder can persist for months or even years, but treatment can often shorten its duration and severity.
2) Minor Depression
Minor depression is an illness that functions exactly as its name suggests: it is a less severe form of Major Depressive Disorder. Instead of five symptoms for diagnosis, minor depression only requires two symptoms for diagnosis. Lost enjoyment of daily activity or feelings of despair, sadness, hopelessness, and/or emptiness must be one of those symptoms. It is a less severe form of Major Depressive Disorder, but it still often requires treatment from a mental health professional.
3) Persistent Depressive Disorder
Sometimes, this is called dysthymia or chronic depression. It can occur congruently with bouts of Major Depressive Disorder, but its symptoms are different. Persistent Depressive Disorder will persist for a minimum of two years, and include these symptoms:
- Mild anxiety
- Lack of motivation
- Automatic expectation of failure
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Unstable mood
- Loss or gain in weight of 5 percent or more within a month
- Negative self-talk
- Impaired concentration
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
4) Bipolar Disorder
The informal name of Bipolar Disorder is Manic Depression, and this name is descriptive. Bipolar Disorder swings people’s mood between two extremes: depression and mania. The depressive pole has the same diagnostics as Major Depressive Disorder. The manic pole is an opposite extreme and is characterized by…
- Engaging in risky, pleasurable activities
- Increased self-esteem
- Decreased need for sleep
- Racing thoughts
- Psychomotor agitation
- Being easily angered
- Increased goal-directed activities
5) Postpartum Depression
This form of depression can develop in women who are in their third trimester of pregnancy through their fourth week after childbirth. Although Postpartum Depression can develop during those times, it can persist long after. Its symptoms include those from Major Depressive Disorder, but women often experience these additional symptoms:
- Disinterest in the baby
- The inability to care for herself or her baby
- Negative feelings toward the baby
- Thoughts about harming the baby
- Fear of being alone with her baby
- Intense worry about the baby
6) Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
During darker months, depression can manifest as Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD can take the symptoms of either dysthymia or Major Depressive Disorder and it most often strikes during winter. A SAD diagnosis requires people to experience those symptoms in two consecutive winters. People who are diagnosed with SAD often have their symptoms lift during spring and summer, only to recur the following winter.
Counseling for Depression at Thriveworks San Antonio
As you read through the different types of depression, did you notice anything? Maybe one type of depression described what you are experiencing. If you recognized any of the symptoms listed, it may be time to reach out for help and work with a mental health professional. Skilled therapists can often help people find a diagnosis for their experiences and a treatment for that diagnosis.
If you are ready to speak with a therapist, know that the mental health professionals at Thriveworks San Antonio are ready to meet with you. When you contact our office, you may be meeting with a therapist the following day. Weekend and evening sessions are offered, and many different forms of insurance are accepted. Call Thriveworks San Antonio today for an appointment for depression.