Depression Treatment Rexburg
Do You Believe It’s Impossible To Feel Better?
Do you feel like there’s nothing to look forward to or strive for in your life? Do you try to act happy at work and in your relationships to keep people from realizing that you are depressed? Are you worried about how your depression will affect the people around you or how you will be perceived?
The weight of chronic depression may have left you feeling sad, apathetic, or hopeless as you try to live up to unreasonable expectations you set for yourself. You may have trouble sleeping or sleep too much, leaving you too exhausted or lethargic to keep up with your daily responsibilities and obligations. You may want the support of your loved ones but struggle to accept their help, and the struggle communicating your emotions may lead to increased conflict or distance at a time when you already feel alone.
Do you wish you could find relief from the weight of your emotions and feel hopeful that things can get better? If so, you have come to the right place: through Integrated Counseling and Wellness’ comprehensive depression treatment in Rexburg, ID, you can learn to understand why you are struggling and what steps you can take to start feeling better.
Almost Everyone Is Affected By Depression
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression will be the second-leading cause of work disability by 2020. Depression is more than just a chemical imbalance in the brain, though that may be a component. Your particular challenges may be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetic predisposition, cultural influences, economics, unmet expectations and the things you did or didn’t learn from family and friends. Alternately, you may be struggling to adjust to a difficult transition – starting college, having a baby or ending a relationship for example.
The factors that contribute to depression in your life – such as cultural influence or disappointment – can be either malleable or fixed, and you may be able to cope with certain challenges more effectively than others. At the same time, you may see friends or family members adapting to issues that are more difficult for you and wonder why you can’t just “get over it” on your own. Everyone experiences depression in their own way and for their own unique reasons, and your challenges don’t mean that you are broken.
With depression treatment at Integrated Counseling and Wellness in Rexburg, Idaho, you can learn to understand why you are struggling and what steps you can take to start feeling better.
What is Clinical Depression?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression will be the second-leading cause of work disability by 2020. Depression is more than just a chemical imbalance in the brain, though that may be a component. Your challenges may be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetic predisposition, cultural influences, economics, unmet expectations, and the things you did or didn’t learn from family and friends. Alternatively, you may be struggling to adjust to a difficult transition – starting college, having a baby or ending a relationship that can bring on depressive-like symptoms.
The factors that contribute to depression in your life can be either malleable or fixed, and you may be able to cope with certain challenges more effectively than others. At the same time, you may see friends or family members adapting to issues that are more difficult for you and wonder why you can’t just “get over it” on your own. Everyone experiences depression in their own way and for their own unique reasons.
What is the Difference Between Clinical Depression and Depression?
The term “depression” signifies having feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or disappointment every once in a while. This is a normal part of life, despite how difficult it may appear. However, persistent negative feelings may signify a severe condition called clinical depression. Also referred to as major depression or “major depressive disorder,” this condition is characterized by the following symptoms:
- Fatigue or restlessness
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Loss of interest or pleasure from daily activities
- Poor concentration
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Suicidal thoughts
Diagnosis of depression is typically performed using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association. In order to be diagnosed with clinical depression, you must display 5 or more of these symptoms most of the day for a total of 2 weeks. At least of your symptoms must be feelings of sadness and lack of interest in your normal activities.
Forms of Depression
In addition to major depression, there are other forms of depression that millions of individuals are being diagnosed with every year, including:
- Persistent Depressive Disorder – Symptoms of major depression lasting for over 2 years. This is a combined term for what was once known as low-grade persistent depression (dysthymia) and chronic major depression.
- Bipolar Disorder – Also known as manic depression, this condition causes sufferers to have extreme moods ranging from very high energy to very low, depressed episodes.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Symptoms of major depression that persist throughout the cold, dark months of the year and typically disappear with the arrival of spring. This is a very common type of depression experienced by people who move from other locations such as California, or Nevada and have moved to Rexburg to attend BYU-Idaho.
- Psychotic Depression – Symptoms of major depression accompanied by psychotic symptoms, including hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia.
- Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression – Symptoms of major depression occurring weeks or months after childbirth.
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) – Feelings of depression prior to a woman’s menstrual bleeding, accompanied by mood swings, anxiety, irritability and more.
- “Situational” Depression – Sometimes referred to as “stress response syndrome,” this condition typically occurs to individuals who are overwhelmed by stressful life events, such as a death or job loss.
- Atypical Depression – Symptoms of major depression that can be temporarily eliminated by a positive event or change.
Complications from Depression
Depression is a serious condition that can affect every aspect of one’s self, the body, one’s overall mood, spiritual life, and the types of thoughts one has. If left untreated, clinical depression can take a major toll on your life, including:
- Substance abuse
- Sleep problems
- Strained personal and professional relationships
- Problems with physical intimacy
- Difficulties overcoming serious health conditions
- Serotonin Syndrome
- Antidepressant withdrawal
- Suicidal tendencies
How is Major Depression Treated?
Everyone experiences depression differently and for different reasons. I understand that the goals you bring to depression treatment will depend on your distinct situation and challenges. I work with you to help you develop the specific skills and solutions you need to engage with life and find satisfaction, energy, and happiness again. You may be going through a temporary rough patch and feel fine after only a few sessions. Alternately, you may need more time to work through more severe depression or co-occurring issues like chronic or acute anxiety. I provide a safe space where you can vocalize the concerns and issues you don’t wish to share with others without any fear of judgment. Instead of avoiding difficult situations and emotions, you can explore and learn from them.
I apply a variety of approaches and methodologies, tailoring each session to help you build the skills and understanding you need to find relief. Together, we will take the time to find the depression factors in your life that are more malleable and that we can influence more effectively. There are skills you can learn – such as compassionate mind training, breathing exercises, and mindfulness – and new experiences you can use to gain a fresh perspective on your situation. When you can see things more clearly, you can be more compassionate and less critical in your self-judgment. Most importantly, these and other skills help reduce the suffering experienced regardless of the pain felt.
Good counseling is not just talking to a friend. You have people in your life that you can talk to, but there are limits to what a friend or family member can provide. Depression treatment combines a sense of kinship, rapport, and trust, and offers a space where you receive compassionate support with science-based intervention and clinical experience. Instead of just processing the challenges you are facing on the surface, we will set achievable goals that address the root cause of your suffering.
When you have the time and space to discover why you are struggling and what it is you want and need in your life, you can feel hopeful and empowered. In addition, if you are worried about a loved one who may be depressed – especially an adolescent or college student – there are steps that you can take to support him or her. I can help you learn to recognize when and if he or she is having thoughts of self-harm and how to help him or her stay safe.
I am committed to helping local individuals understand and manage depression, and I have seen that recovery is possible. With guidance and support, you can find relief from oppressive emotions and depression symptoms and feel engaged and alive again.
Frequently Asked Questions about Depression Treatment
You may be considering depression treatment but still have questions or concerns, and we are here to provide you with answers:
What Triggers Major Depression?
As with most serious health problems, major depression typically stems from an event that has adverse effects on your emotional well-being. Common triggers for major depression include:
- Social isolation
- Major life transitions
- Loss of a loved one by death, divorce, etc.
- Personal conflicts
- Physical or emotional abuse
- Emotional Pain From Your Childhood
How is Major Depression Diagnosed?
When you, your loved one or a medical professional suspect that you may have depression, you will be encouraged to visit your healthcare provider for a series of evaluations. You will be screened for the previously discussed symptoms and asked about your and/or your family’s history of psychiatric problems.
In some cases, you may need to undergo a blood test to determine if you have a different health condition with symptoms mimicking those of depression. Certain medications can trigger depression-life symptoms, as can substance abuse, stroke, and hypothyroidism.
Are Women at Higher Risk for Major Depression?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 6% of adults in the United States currently suffer from major depression, and up to 25% of adults will suffer an episode at one point in life. Although major depression can also affect older adults, teenagers and even child, the most at-risk group for depression are women.
Women are 50% more likely to sustain major depression than men. A woman’s increased vulnerability typically stems from struggling with a work-life balance, work or home-related stress, being a single parent, as well as female reproductive issues such as menstruation, pregnancy, menopause and more.
What Are the Signs of Major Depression in Men?
Occurrences of depression in men are severely underdiagnosed because males who suffer symptoms are less likely to voice their concerns or seek professional help. Common signs of major depression in men include irritability, increased illness, and substance abuse. Because men tend to suppress negative feelings, male depression sufferers are most prone to violent outbursts, homicide, and suicide.
What If I Don’t Have the Time to Attend Depression Treatment Sessions?
I recognize that your personal and professional obligations may prevent consistent weekly therapy sessions, and I do my best to accommodate your busy schedule. It is also worth noting that the symptoms of depression – such as hopelessness and lethargy – can serve as barriers to finding and committing to treatment. If you are concerned about your ability to attend sessions, I encourage you to give me a call and see if we can find a solution together.
How can talking about how I’m feeling help me get better?
When you trust the counselor that you are working with and you know that he or she understands and cares about you, depression treatment can play an important role in your ability to manage and recover from depression. It doesn’t mean that you will never experience sadness or doubt again, but you will be able to recognize distressing emotions or symptoms and know how and when to address them. By expanding your experience and gaining new skills, you can find relief and recovery.
I’ve always felt this way. Do I really have a problem?
Just because you have always felt unhappy doesn’t mean that you always have to feel that way. If you’re willing to allow space for therapy to work in your life, things can change drastically for the better. Rather than sticking to one approach or methodology, I create treatment plans designed for each individual. If you are overwhelmed with depression, I will do everything I can to help you overcome it. I am invested, involved and motivated to help you find relief and happiness.
Do You Believe It’s Impossible to Feel Better?
Learning to manage and recover from depression can take time, and you may still have times where you feel sad or hopeless. However, with the right guidance and support, you can find relief and feel more hope and joy in your personal life and relationships. If you are ready to fight back against depression or if you have additional questions about depression treatment in Rexburg or nearby areas, we encourage you to call Integrated Counseling and Wellness 208-357-3104 or contact me through this site to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.