Peter Miller, LCSW, DCSW 609-921-6070
Do You Have Depression?
You’ve been having trouble sleeping lately. You may get to sleep but you wake up after a few hours and can’t get back to sleep even though you’re exhausted. You go through the day feeling like none of the things and activities you used to love seem to matter anymore. Your mood is down and nothing cheers you up for long. You don’t feel much like eating and food tastes like cardboard. You have no energy, can’t concentrate and can’t think straight. It’s hard to get any work done and whatever gets done isn’t up to your usual standards. You can see that things aren’t going right and it seems like they never have and never will. You feel like you must’ve done something to deserve all of this. Sometimes the pain gets so bad you wish something, anything would just make it stop.If any of this sounds familiar to you, you may be experiencing depression. Depression is an illness that affects people on a physical, psychological and spiritual level. The physical symptoms include: loss of appetite, insomnia, loss of energy, body aches and pains. The psychological symptoms include: loss of interest, loss of motivation, depressed mood, trouble concentrating, increased guilt, low self esteem and sometimes thoughts of suicide. The spiritual aspects include experiencing feelings that life has lost all meaning and that nothing matters anymore.Depression can be caused by a variety of factors including: traumatic experiences, sustained stress, other medical illnesses, stressful life experiences and genetic factors. Left untreated, depression tends to get worse over time and can result in suicide.
Fortunately, depression can be treated. Most people who get treatment experience relief of their symptoms. There are two main treatments. Psychotherapy works by the therapist and the client working to understand the ways in which the depression has changed the person’s thinking and colored their emotions. Together, they can explore the patterns of thinking, feeling and behavior that cause and maintain the depression and work on developing more healthy patterns.
The other treatment is medication. Medication works on the physical level to change the neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for communication between brain cells. This tends to help especially with the physical symptoms of depression and can help bring a person’s mood more into their normal range. Sometimes the two treatments are combined to treat the illness on multiple levels.
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