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Coping with frequent feelings of sadness? Have no interest in long time hobbies? Is it an effort to get motivated to get out of bed?

That is what depression can feel like. It is estimated 15.7 million adults deal with depression.

Many people describe depression as being trapped in a black hole of negative thoughts. Many life changes, such as losing a loved one, starting a new job, or having a baby, can trigger feelings of sadness.

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Typical session length is 50 minutes. Pillars of Hope Counseling also offers 90 minute sessions for couples who may need longer times. Family sessions are 90 minutes.

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Most people feel sad from time to time but people with depression often cannot get out of bed. They sleep a lot and do not want to be with other people, thus they feel alone.

It’s a constant cycle. These thoughts and feelings happen more often in women than men. It is hard to deal with because many different things can cause a low mood.

  • Sleeping more than normal
  • Do not feel hungry or want to eat
  • Strong feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
  • Find no pleasure in activities
  • Feel empty or tired
  • Cry for no reason
  • Feel worthless or guilty
  • Repeatedly think about things they have done wrong
  • Being angry for no reason
  • Thoughts of death or dying

Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Counseling for depression provides tools to reduce feelings of loneliness and unworthiness.

Therapy helps individuals see worth, get rid of false thoughts, and brings about positive change in every aspect of their life.

Together will develop activities that boost self-confidence and develop skills to reduce sadness.

Benefits to Depression Therapy

  • Work-related stresses
  • Serious medical challenges
  • Chemical changes in the brain
  • Difficult life events
  • Job loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Moving to a new city

Causes of Depression

Persistent Depressive Disorder has two main signs. A dark and low mood and that feeling happens most of the day each day for two years. This form of depression is tough because people with this disorder find it hard to think counseling can help. Many choose not to ask for help.

Persistent Depression Disorder

Postpartum Depression affects many women between one and six months of giving birth. Mothers coping with postpartum find it hard to care for themselves or their families.

A constant lack of sleep can be one cause because not getting enough sleep creates changes in the brain. Feelings of not being worthy or good enough could linger for years if not treated.

Postpartum Depression

Seasonal Affect Disorder is a form of depression caused by weather changes. It usually begins in mid-fall and ends in early spring. The lack of sun and long days can affect your mood.

This is very common to people living in the Pacific Northwest due to the numerous months of coldness and rain.

Seasonal Affect Disorder

Depression takes many forms. Each one is unique because each type of depression needs different tools. The most common form of depression is Major Depressive Disorder. It gets in the way of a person’s ability to eat, sleep, and work thus losing time with family and friends.

Depression keeps them from doing things they like to do, such as talking with friends. People with clinical depression miss work because they can’t get up and go.

Types of Depression Disorders

Depression takes many forms. Each one is unique because each type of depression needs different tools. The most common form of depression is Major Depressive Disorder. It gets in the way of a person’s ability to eat, sleep, and work thus losing time with family and friends.

Depression keeps them from doing things they like to do, such as talking with friends. People with clinical depression miss work because they can’t get up and go.

Persistent Depressive Disorder has two main signs. A dark and low mood and that feeling happens most of the day each day for two years. This form of depression is tough because people with this disorder find it hard to think counseling can help. Many choose not to ask for help.

Persistent Depression Disorder

Postpartum Depression affects many women between one and six months of giving birth. Mothers coping with postpartum find it hard to care for themselves or their families.

A constant lack of sleep can be one cause because not getting enough sleep creates changes in the brain. Feelings of not being worthy or good enough could linger for years if not treated.

Postpartum Depression

Seasonal Affect Disorder is a form of depression caused by weather changes. It usually begins in mid-fall and ends in early spring. The lack of sun and long days can affect your mood.

This is very common to people living in the Pacific Northwest due to the numerous months of coldness and rain.

Seasonal Affect Disorder

Many other forms of depression can occur. For more information check out the National Institute of Mental Health brochures.

Deciding to get counseling is a brave thing to do. To learn more or start the process, request an appointment, email me, or text or call directly at 503-841-2142

Next Steps

Check out an additional resource Six Strategies to Reduce Depression

  • Write out coping cards
  • Write down one goal per day
  • Look for daily positives
  • Workout daily
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Push yourself to do a favorite activity
  • Create a daily schedule of activities 

Tips to Reduce Depression

Together we will develop coping strategies to reduce symptoms of depression thus bringing joy back into life. Will do this by creating small goals and scheduling daily activities because this creates a sense of purpose.

Identify thoughts and feelings connected with the depressed mood and alter these thoughts. Several techniques used to change thought processes are: reframing techniques, seeing positives, and changing unrealistic expectations to realistic goals.

Together will determine the root causes of the depression and put strategies in place to combat these concerns.

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