We all experience the ups and downs of life: disappointments, loss of a relationship, loss of a job, etc.  This is a normal.  Happiness and sadness ebb and flow.  However, if you more often find yourself sad than happy, you might be experiencing depression.  You may be consumed by a darkness and sorrow you never thought possible.

Some signs of depression are:

  • Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Insomnia, or sleeping too much
  • Difficulty concentrating at work or school
  • Over-eating or under-eating
  • Use or increased use of “escape” mechanisms, like drugs, alcohol or pornography
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason
  • Lack of energy
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Less desire to be social
  • Feelings of being isolated
  • Loss of connection with loved ones
  • Hopelessness
  • Worthlessness
  • Feeling alone
  • Self-hatred or self-loathing
  • Injuring one’s self on purpose
  • Despair
  • Difficulty reaching out for help
  • Don’t look forward to things that used to bring joy
  • Persistant guilt
  • Thoughts like “nobody loves me,” or “I’ll never be good enough,” “There’s no point”
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
We all experience some of these from time-to-time, but if you find yourself persistently in this state, depression may have set in.  It can sap the fun out of life.  It can rob you of joy.

Who gets depression?

Men, women, teens, even children can experience depression in the Salt Lake City area.  It knows no cultural or racial bounds.  Anyone, at any time of life, may experience depression.

When does depression occur?

It can occur at anytime of life.  Depression can come after stressful or saddening events: the death of a loved, divorce or loss of a relationship, loss of a job.  It can occur during ongoing stress like being consistently overwhelmed at work or fighting in the home, or long-time unemployment.  At times it can seemingly “come out of nowhere.”  A “perfect storm” of biology, psychology, and our environment can combine to send us into sadness and despair.

What’s going on?

Depression is likely a result of a combination of three major factors: our biological make-up; our thoughts about ourselves and the world; and our social environment, including family, friends, colleagues at work, and classmates.

Depression in Teens

Teens experience depression slightly differently than adults.  They tend to express depression with irritability and anger rather than sadness.  They may withdraw from some people but still connect with a few friends.  They can be extremely sensitive to criticism and have low self-esteem.

Effective Treatments

The field of psychotherapy has developed multiple approaches to relieving depression.  Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps us recognize how our “thinking errors” give us “the blues” and how we can change these negative thought patterns. Interpersonal therapy helps us understand how troubled relationships can contribute to our sad mood and help us to find a way through the struggle.

What About Medication?

A medication evaluation by your family Doctor, PCP, or even a psychiatrist can be helpful as well.  Attending counseling in conjunction with taking a prescribed, appropriate medication can be effective in combatting the effects of depression.

 At England Counseling, we want to find solutions that work for you.  We don’t simply dictate a therapy to make you “better.”  We work with you to to help you find your way out of the darkness and into the light…the light of a hope in recovery from depression.
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