Each morning this week has been a struggle. Jason has had to drag himself out of bed, and not even his usual cup of coffee has provided the pep he needs. His job is engaging and he adores his coworkers but lately, he’s avoiding everyone and barely skating by doing the bare minimum. Jason declines the office happy hour and heads home — he just wants to go straight back to bed and crawl under the covers.
Feeling down or unmotivated from time to time is normal. But when these feelings become intense, won’t go away, or are interfering with your daily life, you may be experiencing depression.
Millions of people worldwide experience depression at some point in their lives. Depressive disorders can negatively affect your relationships, performance at work or school, and your ability to perform basic tasks. Left untreated, depression can lead to substance abuse, self-harm, or serious worsening of symptoms.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Depression and its wide variety of symptoms can be effectively managed with the help of a mental health professional. If you think you may have symptoms of depression, a therapist or counselor at Thriveworks in Temecula, CA can help you make sense of your feelings and teach you how to cope with them.
Are You Experiencing These Common Depression Symptoms?
Depression can be hard to recognize, especially if you’re not sure what symptoms to look for. You may associate depression with constant sadness and suicidal thoughts but that isn’t always the case. Depression can take many forms, from mild to severe.
Some forms of depression, like seasonal affective disorder (SAD), can be more common at specific times of the year. Others, such as postpartum depression or trauma-related depression, occur after a specific experience or life event. Your biology and genetics can also make you more or less likely to develop a depressive disorder.
While there are many different causes and types of depression, there are just as many potential symptoms. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, with an acute or gradual onset.
Depression can look different for everyone but you may experience one or a few of the most characteristic symptoms, including:
- Loss of interest or motivation
- Feeling sad, worthless, guilty, or hopeless
- Anxiety or extreme stress
- Frequent mood changes
- Irritability, angry outbursts, or agitation
- Insomnia or nightmares
- Tiredness or lack of energy
- Change in appetite and weight fluctuation
- Trouble thinking or concentrating
- Unexplained physical pain
When you are ready to regain control of your mental health, consider connecting with a licensed therapist or counselor at Thriveworks in Temecula, CA to discuss your depression and how you can overcome it.
How Can Depression Therapy Help?
Even if depression symptoms are mild, they can still interfere with your life or relationships. You don’t have to be suffering from a severe case of major depressive disorder to benefit from depression counseling. Therapy can help you understand the symptoms you’re experiencing, the possible causes of your depression, and how to effectively manage it.
A licensed professional will take many factors into account when determining a depression diagnosis. Your biology, personality, emotional state, and life experiences may all be considered to determine your unique treatment plan. Your counselor or therapist will also take your preferences and goals into account.
Treating depression may involve one or more types of talk therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and psychoanalysis. Therapy gives you an opportunity to address your emotions and learn techniques to help you cope with your symptoms. These tools can be carried through life and may come in handy to prevent future relapse and keep depression at bay.
It’s possible that treating your depressive disorder or mood disorder may require the addition of medication. A Thriveworks psychiatrist can prescribe antidepressants and other medications as needed to address your symptoms and provide comprehensive care.
Depression therapy can help relieve the weight of your symptoms now while also giving you the tools you need to manage depression in the long term. At Thriveworks in Temecula, CA, we can help you manage depression, no matter what life may throw at you.
Meet With a Provider at Thriveworks Counseling in Temecula, CA
You don’t have to wait until your symptoms become severe to reach out for help. At the first sign of depression, a therapist or counselor at Thriveworks in Temecula, CA can help you take control before your symptoms do.
When you decide to join the Thriveworks family, you’ll enjoy benefits that make it easy to get help when you need it, including:
- Online appointments by phone or video call
- Early morning, evening, and weekend appointments
- Email or phone access to your provider between sessions
- Providers that accept many insurance plans
- Free e-copy of our book called “Leaving Depression Behind”
Book online or call our friendly scheduling team today. At Thriveworks in Temecula, CA, we’re here to help you regain control over your life and kick depression to the curb.