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When Counseling for Depression is Necessary

Mental illness and especially depression, is fast becoming one of the biggest medical problems in the United States. A few years ago, the stigma surrounding mental health challenges meant few people talked about their concerns.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, approximately one in four Americans suffer from mental health concerns in any given year. Nearly 10% of Americans will suffer from a depressive illness like major depressive disorder every year. Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention back up those findings. 

Counseling for depression is one of the most effective ways to help those suffering from the illness.

What is Depression?

It is normal to feel sad from time to time, but when those feelings of sadness become overwhelming and lasting, you may be suffering from depression. Left untreated, depression can influence every aspect of a person’s life, including work and personal relationships

This mental health condition is different from fleeting feelings of sadness or grief. It affects how you feel, act, and think. Depression sufferers may lose the will to interact socially or enjoy the things they used to love.

While depression is a severe illness, it is also highly treatable. Figures from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) show that between 80 and 90% of depression sufferers respond well to different forms of treatment. At the same time, almost all patients find some relief from their symptoms. It makes depression one of the most treatable mental illnesses. 

What are the Symptoms of Depression?

Depression can affect people at any age or any stage in their lives. Women are more likely to become depressed than men. Plus, there is a hereditary component to the development of depression. If a parent, child, or sibling is suffering from the illness, first-degree relatives also have a 40% chance of developing it. Counseling is one of the most accessible kinds of depression treatment

Symptoms of depression can vary widely between individuals. Some relate to feelings; others describe physical symptoms and changes in behavior. 

 Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Feelings of excessive guilt
  • Indecisiveness
  • Feeling of worthlessness or that life isn’t worth living
  • Changes in sleeping and eating patterns
  • Persistent headaches or stomach problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Becoming isolated from family members and other social contacts
  • Neglecting interests and hobbies
  • Becoming less productive at work

 

This list of symptoms is not exhaustive, and depression can differ from person to person. However, most people suffering from the illness will experience several symptoms simultaneously. Depression rarely develops overnight. Instead, there may be minor changes that those suffering from the disease hardly notice.  

The combination of symptoms can make it hard for those with depression to continue following their everyday lifestyle. They may struggle even with activities they used to enjoy. 

How Counseling Can Help with Depression

Counseling is one of the most popular forms of treatment for depression. Where medication, such as antidepressants only targets the symptoms of the illness, counselors help their clients look deeper and explore the causes of the disease. 

Different factors can cause depression. Significant life changes may be an obvious trigger for depressive episodes. But in other cases, depression develops due to a build-up of more minor problems. Mental health counselors are trained to listen carefully. They also know precisely which questions to ask to help uncover what caused a client’s depression in the first place. 

For some clients, understanding the causes of their condition is enough to identify solutions. When that is not the case, counselors work with their clients to develop coping strategies. One of the most common types of therapy used for depression counseling is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This type of therapy helps clients highlight negative patterns of thought that become self-defeating over time. CBT teaches them how to address these thoughts and channel them differently. 

Another type of talk therapy combines mindfulness practices such as breathing exercises and meditation with cognitive therapy. Once again, the goal is to break negative thought patterns and develop more constructive responses. 

Finding Counseling Suitable for You

In many cases, counseling starts to deliver results within just a few sessions. However, if there are deeper causes of depression to explore, clients may require more sessions to treat or control their depression. 

In any case, treatment starts with a thorough assessment of the patient’s condition and its reasons. Finding an experienced counselor is the key to success. TrueCare has built a network of highly qualified counselors across the United States. 

That means help is available when needed, without waitlists or long delays. Clients can choose between online and offline forms of therapy, too. Offline treatment involves face-to-face appointments with a counselor, which can work well in building a rapport. 

Online therapy has grown in popularity through the pandemic years. “Meeting” your counselor online can remove the stress of commuting to an appointment. This form of counseling also works well if your chosen counselor is not based close by. 

TrueCare’s counseling services are highly flexible and designed to fit your needs. There are no long-term contracts. Instead, support is accessible when you need it. 

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