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6,017 people sought depression counseling help in Illinois in the last year

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Starting Depression counseling

What can counseling do for those who suffer with depression?

Depression counseling can help those with major depression, minor depression, postpartum depression, persistent depressive disorder, and more. The providers at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL will develop a unique treatment plan based on your specific experience, needs, and goals.

Is it worth going to therapy for depression?

It is absolutely worth going to therapy for depression — depression counseling helps people better manage their symptoms and get back to living happier lives again.

How does depression counseling work?

Depression counseling works by helping people pinpoint life problems, distorted thought patterns, and other causes of their depression, then process and work through them in order to mitigate the negative effects those factors have on their lives.

Signs of depression

Common signs of depression include:

  • Consistent low mood
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Oversleeping or difficulty sleeping
  • Changes in diet (eating much more or less)
  • Withdrawal and isolation
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in previous hobbies or activities
  • Excessive substance use

Is depression counseling conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks depression counseling in Woodridge, IL is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How often should you have therapy for depression?

Depression counseling can last for a few weeks, months, or longer, dependent on the severity of one's depression as well as their needs and preferences.

How much does depression counseling cost?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay a $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network.

Need more help deciding?

The author Tabitha Suzuma once wrote, “As the light begins to intensify, so does my misery, and I wonder how it is possible to hurt so much when nothing is wrong.” Depression can feel like everything is wrong. The world might seem overwhelming. Getting out of bed in the morning may seem like a herculean task. And yet sometimes nothing external has changed in your life. Your mind has just taken a turn down a dark road. Nothing is wrong, and yet everything is wrong. 

One of the reasons that psychologists know so much about depression is that people recover from this mental health condition all the time. They emerge into the light and can tell the tale of their despair. Depression is highly treatable.

The licensed depression counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL have the expertise and the resources to help clients overcome their depression. They can diagnose and treat the mental health condition–and even give clients the psychological tools to help them prevent future bouts of depression. Dealing with depression requires compassion, experience, and insight. The mental health professionals at Thriveworks have the superior qualifications to help people with depression. 

Should I Seek Therapy If I’m Depressed?

If you think that you’re depressed, or you have a history of depression and are starting to feel bad again, you should seek professional help as soon as possible. Early intervention can lead to more positive outcomes. For example, a pregnant woman who has depressive symptoms should seek treatment before her baby is born to help prevent severe postpartum depression that could affect both her and her newborn. And a person with social anxiety and depression should seek intervention before they isolate themselves more and more, potentially leading to a worsening of both conditions. Long-term depression can also lead to numerous health problems, and sometimes substance abuse. 

If you’re experiencing feelings of depression, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can find a counselor who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and helping to prevent depressive episodes at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL. 

What Is Major Depressive Disorder?

Major depressive disorder (MDD) and other mood disorders are featured in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which psychiatrists and other mental health providers use as a manual for treating depression effectively. Cases of depression can vary in length and severity, but the DSM lists the following eight criteria for MDD:

  1. A depressed mood (profound feelings of sadness and negativity) enduring longer than two weeks 
  2. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that you usually enjoy, which is called anhedonia
  3. Changes in appetite, often leading to unintentional weight loss or gain 
  4. Psychomotor retardation (slowed-down movements and thoughts)
  5. Extreme fatigue and exhaustion
  6. Overwhelming feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  7. Problems with concentration, attention, and/or memory
  8. Suicidality (If you’re ever considering harming yourself, call a crisis hotline immediately.)

Depressive disorders may also manifest in the following symptoms:

  • Irritability, which depressed men experience more than women 
  • Substance abuse or addiction, which can be a sign that someone is having difficulty coping 
  • Psychomotor agitation (sped-up thoughts and actions)
  • Changes in sleep patterns 
  • Changes in libido (sex drive)
  • Social isolation
  • Physical aches and pains

What Are the Different Forms of Depression?

Depression can be classified by mental health providers in a number of different ways. For example, the licensed counselors at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL may use any of these designations:

  • Mild or major depression
  • Manic depression (bipolar disorder)
  • Postpartum depression (PPD) or perinatal depression (PND)
  • Persistent depressive disorder (PDD) or dysthymia
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Situational depression
  • Psychotic depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

How Can Counseling Help Depression?

Qualified counselors like those at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL can help people who are depressed by taking a close look at individual symptoms of depression and what drives them. They can help clients clarify their goals for therapy. Then they can create an effective treatment plan. This treatment plan may include any of the following elements:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy, a type of CBT 
  • Supportive therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Holistic remedies like meditation, muscle relaxation, and mindfulness
  • Family therapy or couples therapy
  • Behavioral activation
  • Psychiatric medications like antidepressants, prescribed by a Thriveworks psychiatrist

Find Compassionate Treatment for Depression at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL

The exceptional depression counselors at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL are available quickly and conveniently. Most new clients can have a session with a highly qualified provider within 24-48 hours of their initial call to the office. At Thriveworks, clients can also choose between online counseling sessions and traditional, in-person therapy sessions. Thriveworks providers accept most major forms of health insurance coverage, helping to make therapy affordable in Woodridge, IL and nationwide. Lastly, Thriveworks clients can access their top-rated mental health provider by phone or email between sessions.

Call Thriveworks today to find the depression counselor who can best help you. We look forward to matching you to a great therapist!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Woodridge therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners IPA

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Kane County

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Silver Cross

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | PPO

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Choice Care (Humana)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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I have known Dr. Frederick Smith for over 20 years. He is extremely passionate about his work and ensuring the well-being of his clients. I have witnessed his growth and watched him mature personally and professionally. He is a consummate leader in the mental health field providing advocacy, care, and compassion for the client he serves.
Read more I have known Dr. Frederick Smith for over 20 years. He is extremely passionate about his work and ensuring the well-being of his clients. I have witnessed his growth and watched him mature personally and professionally. He is a consummate leader in the mental health field providing advocacy, care, and compassion for the client he serves.
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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Woodridge is near the corner of 75th Street and Janes Avenue. We are behind CITGO and McDonald’s.

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(331) 276-6492

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