Depression is a mental health disorder that causes a person to feel persistently sad or low. Depression can make it difficult to function in day-to-day life and may even lead to suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Treatment for depression typically involves medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

How Flourishing Families Can Help With Depression

There are many different types of depression, each with its own set of symptoms. Major depressive disorder is the most common type of depression, characterized by a low mood that lasts for at least two weeks. Other types of depression include dysthymia (a less severe but more chronic form of depression) and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) a type of depression that occurs during specific seasons, typically winter.
Depression is a serious mental health condition that can have a profound effect on a person’s life. If you think you may be depressed, it is important to seek professional help. Depression is treatable, and with the right treatment, most people with depression can improve their symptoms and live a healthy and productive life.

When to Talk to a Therapist

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe, but they must last for at least two weeks for a diagnosis. Some people with depression may not have any obvious signs. Some signs and symptoms of depressions include:
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Angry outbursts, irritability, or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness and decreased energy
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Anxiety, agitation, or restlessness
  • Slowed thinking, speaking, or body movements
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions, or remembering things
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, or self-harm
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
Depression can cause physical symptoms, too. This can lead to fatigue, which is when you’re tired all the time and have little energy. Depression may also cause aches and pains that don’t get better with treatment. It’s important to talk to your doctor about any physical symptoms you have because they may be caused by other health problems. Flourishing Families Counseling values a team-based approach and will work with you and your doctor, if desired, to explore solutions to help you find hope and happiness


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