Another very common mental health concern is depression. In 2016 the National Institute of Mental Health estimated that 16.2 million adults in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode. Depression is different than periodic sadness. We all become sad at times and this sadness can even last for several days. Depression is occurring when a heavy sadness is felt most of the days for 2 or more weeks. This sadness often feels like the world is grayer and nothing is as enjoyable as it used to be. When depression settles in people also often report having: difficulty maintaining good sleep, feeling tired all the time, feeling like their body is heavy and slow moving, appetite and weight changes, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, stress from taking on guilt for everything that happens, and thoughts of wanting to die and/or thoughts of suicide. Depression is a commonly used term and there are several different types of depression that fall under the title of Depressive Disorders.
If you have struggled with some of the symptoms noted here, then you may be experiencing a Depressive Disorder. The good news is that depression is also one of the most understood and researched mental health concern. This means that we know a lot about how to treat depression. The most recommended treatment at this time is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy also called “CBT” for short. This type of therapy teaches you to identify unhelpful thought patterns, challenge them, and change them into thoughts and beliefs that are healthy and helpful. With CBT you also learn many coping skills that provide the practice daily things that you can do to decrease symptoms of depression and change patterns of behavior that might worsen depression symptoms.
I am trained and experienced in offering CBT and would love to talk with you about how this type of treatment may help you reach your health goals. Contact me today for more information.