Depression Therapy is Not Depressing

Posted on: March 16, 2018

We provide depression therapy in our office and help patients to regain their sense of well-being. Depression is something that millions of people struggle with. Very often, the condition will not go away without intervention. This can include therapy, medication, support groups, nutritional changes or any combination of these. We recommend scheduling therapy whenever someone feels depressed and using this as the first step towards treatment. We can then make recommendations for what we feel should be included as part of that therapy.

Signs that depression therapy is necessary

Many people are unsure of when they should make an appointment for help. We recommend calling and scheduling an appointment if someone has any of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling lethargic or constantly low on energy
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feelings of hopelessness and despair
  • Serious weight gain or weight loss that is unexplained
  • No longer enjoying activities that were once a good part of their life
  • Feeling a desire to be distant from friends and family
  • A desire to harm oneself
  • A lack of interest in personal hygiene and appearance
  • Feeling generally down, unhappy or unwell

These are just a few of the signs of depression. If someone has one or several of these, it is wise to schedule an appointment for therapy. We can conduct an evaluation and determine if we feel that the client is depressed, suffering from anxiety or dealing with any other issues that can be treated. Then, we can begin creating a treatment plan.

Depression therapy is not depressing

Some people are hesitant to schedule therapy when depressed because they are concerned that it will be too heavy, serious and ultimately even more depressing. This is certainly not the case. We help patients to feel better about life. We even use humor in our therapy sessions to keep things light and upbeat. People do not have to be sad for therapy to be effective. We try to create an environment that is relaxed, lighthearted and optimistic.

Taking medication only is unwise

It is all too common for people to use pharmaceuticals to treat depression without actually seeking therapeutic help. Medication can be beneficial in certain circumstances. However, this is not a solve all and is certainly not sufficient to treat depression. It is important to also undergo therapy to try to address some of the root causes of depression. This could include an overall dissatisfaction with life or disappointment with how things turned out. It could also be related to specific events.

The possibilities are virtually endless and part of our job is to determine what they are. This allows us to get to the root cause of the depression rather than simply masking it with medication. Again, it may be necessary to take something, but that should not be determined until speaking with a therapist.

Schedule an appointment

We can provide you with the assistance that you need to reach a better state of mind. Depression should be taken seriously and it is important to seek help and support. Call today so that we can provide the help you need.