Mental Health Counseling – Don’t Feel Bad About Getting Help For Depression

 

A depressive disorder is different from any sadness that comes from disappointments or sorrow. The word ‘disorder’ means an abnormal physical or mental condition. A person who suffers from depressive disorder tends to have a more extended state of sadness compared to the usual. It is when it comes to a point where it disrupts normal daily activities because of its symptoms such as the inability to focus, insomnia, lack of appetite, and complete loss of interest in anything. Depressed individuals feel that everything seems terrible and irritating.  

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What Causes Depression And How Can It Affect A Person’s Life? 

Depression can come from different causes such as chemical imbalances in the brain and even genetics. However, it is most often triggered by traumatic events such as personal failure, abuse, and loss of a loved one. “Your risk of depression may be related to a combination of genetic, physical, psychological, and environmental factors,” said Ben Martin, Psy.D. Just because someone is suffering from the condition doesn’t mean they are weak or unwilling to solve their issues. The illness that occurred in their mental state causes severe overall dysfunction that somehow makes them unready to face particular problems in life. They have this feeling of emptiness and sorrow that they cannot quickly overcome and it makes them vulnerable to their environment’s negativity. 

How To Know If You Have Depressive Disorder 

Many of you may probably think about yourself if perhaps you fall into this condition too. The symptoms of depressive disorder are similar to an ordinary emotional experience. However, there are alarming signs that can somehow identify the condition. 

 

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  • The prolonged feelings of discouragement, sadness, and despair 
  • Complete loss of interest in activities or hobbies that you usually like 
  • Unexplained feelings of restlessness and anxiousness 
  • Lack of motivation and focus 
  • Quickly decreased energy and sudden experience of fatigue 
  • Sudden loss of appetite or indulging in overeating 
  • Inability to make decisions 
  • Too many disappointments in oneself 
  • Inability to sleep (insomnia) or excessive sleeping 
  • Suicidal thoughts 

What Can You Do To Assess Your Mental Condition? 

You may be at risk of having a depressive disorder if you have experienced these symptoms almost every day.  In most cases, it can continue for about weeks up to a month. However, since most of the signs can be classified as normal, you should consider consulting a psychiatrist before diagnosing yourself with the condition. They can offer you a personal opinion after conducting a detailed analysis. Mental disorders are comparable to physical disorders that require specific consultation and diagnosis.   

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Seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist is not a bad thing, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Those people who seek help from mental health professionals are not insane. They only have complex issues that they can’t somehow resolve because they have no one to confide to. You must understand that to get help, you must first accept that you need it so that the process of recovery can benefit your overall health. According to Jerrold Pollak, PhD  “It can be difficult to reliably identify clients who have a medical (nonpsychiatric) contribution to their mental health complaints/symptoms because primary psychiatric disorder and medical conditions can co-occur and sometimes involve overlapping symptomatology.” 

Proper guidance and counseling from people who are willing to support them can change everything. It will be their helping hand to work on the things they are struggling with, so they can return to their regular lives. As for the treatment, Katie Hurley, LCSW  says “Long-term, combined treatment (psychotherapy and medication management) is typically recommended for people with co-occurring anxiety and depression.