Depressive symptoms can range from daily feelings of sadness, to grief related to a loss, to pessimism, to a major lack of inspiration to leave the home. These symptoms can be lifelong symptoms or more acute symptoms relating to difficulties adjusting to a recent event. Some people find that they need medication for their depression due to imbalances that they have always lived with. Other times a person does not need medications in order to make a change. Either way, counseling is often able to help a person overcome depression.

You may want to consider seeing a counselor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Daily pessimism
  • Daily episodes of crying
  • Irritability
  • Lack of motivation
  • Social isolation
  • Poor appetite
  • Feelings of hopelessness

Similarly to anxiety, depression also can appear in a physical form as well. Many people who live with depression also report feeling physical pain such as body aches and cramps. Stomach problems and fatigue can also correlate with depressed feelings.

Counseling at Vantage Point for depression includes looking at motivation and thoughts that are creating feelings of depression and helping clients learn to change these thoughts. Encouraging clients to push themselves to reach small daily goals and journal about these goals is an approach that is often used. Counseling also can help clients learn about and understand anger that is turned inward, and work through guilty feelings that are associated with thoughts of letting others down. With these services, counselors help clients in finding ways to appreciate reaching some small goals and achievements. Please contact me for more information of how counseling can help improve depressive symptoms.

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Therapy for Depression September 30, 2011