Katie hasn’t felt like herself in the past few months. Her usual hobbies and activities have been abandoned, and the time she spends alone is miserable. She wants to expand her social circle—the friends that she has reached out to haven’t been reliable. While everything seems to be falling apart, Katie is stuck asking herself: Do things really have to be like this?
Ultimately, she knows that she can’t continue to feel what she’s feeling for long. Katie’s also concerned that she may not just be upset; she’s worried that she might be depressed. But she knows that she needs professional help for treatment, either way. That’s why Katie’s looking to get depression therapy–she hopes that by opening up to a mental health professional about the sadness she’s faced with, they will be able to understand and help her cope.
You may also be experiencing the painful symptoms of depression and feel like you have nowhere to turn. You’re not alone, though—at Thriveworks in Westminster, CO our providers can help you manage the symptoms of your depression. Find a mental health ally and a source of support by connecting with a therapist or psychiatrist at Thriveworks.
Do I Have Depression? What Does It Feel Like?
Depression is like many other mental health conditions in that it can manifest differently for everyone. With that in mind, there are several common signs that may indicate that you’re depressed, including:
- A noted lack of interest in sex, hobbies, or relationships
- Decreased work performance
- Feeling chronically fatigued
- Distancing oneself from loved ones and friends
- Overeating or avoiding eating
- Lack of self-care (i.e. personal hygiene or a clean living environment)
- Drug or alcohol abuse to cope with emotional pain
When you’re experiencing emotional turmoil, it’s tempting to self-diagnose, but only a trained professional, like one of our providers, can give you an accurate mental health diagnosis. The more you share with your mental health professional, the better able they will be to help you manage your mental health needs.
What Are the Treatment Options for Depression?
Both our psychologists and our psychiatrists help everyday people to manage depression. However, each provider type has a different treatment approach and can assist you in coping with depression in different ways. As a general rule, more severe cases of depression are often treated by psychiatrists, while more general cases are managed with the assistance of a psychologist.
Psychologists help those with depression by:
- Using talk and behavioral therapy to implement coping strategies for clients
- Creating a professional connection with their client to better understand their depression
- Serving as a verbal and emotional outlet for those burdened by this mood disorder
Psychiatrists, on the other hand, are:
- Medical doctors who are also licensed to conduct therapy sessions
- Able to use helpful prescription medicine and therapy as needed to assist people
Regardless of the mental health professional that you’re paired with, their goal will be to assist you with reducing the harmful effects of depression on your daily life.
What Type of Depression Could I Have?
There are many forms of depression, and symptoms often vary, depending on the individual. Still, some common types of depression that our providers can help to treat include:
- Major depression: This is what most people think of when they hear the word “depression.” This disorder causes emotional detachment, sadness, hopelessness, and apathy.
- Minor depression: As the name implies, this is less severe than major depression but just as harmful. Because those with this disorder may go long periods without feeling depressed, identifying what’s triggering their sadness can be difficult for those with minor depression.
- Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder can cause depression when the mood swings that it causes fluctuate. Those with bipolar disorder may feel extremely happy for a minute, and furious or dejected in the next.
- Postpartum depression: Postpartum depression affects women who’ve given birth; those who underwent caesarian sections or had a miscarriage are at higher risk. This disorder can onset immediately or months after childbirth.
Schedule a Depression Therapy Session at Thriveworks in Westminster, CO
Don’t struggle with depression alone: Call Thriveworks in Westminster, CO to get started and to be matched with a mental health professional. We’ll pair you with a provider that has the experience and professional insight you need to help you cope with depression.
So give us a call to start the enrollment process; you’ll be assisted by our scheduling specialists. They’re available seven days a week and can help you with everything from booking your first session to helping find the perfect provider. Plus, Thriveworks members get additional access to perks that include:
- Online therapy options
- Our Therapy Buddy app
- Our Q/A life coach chat line
- Same and next day availability
Without treatment, depression can put distance between you and the people and things you love. Getting help is as easy as picking up the phone. So give Thriveworks in Westminster, CO a call, or go online—we’re here to help you beat depression.