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Am I Experiencing Depression?
Depression is a common mental health disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. While it is normal to experience feelings of sadness or grief at some point in our lives, depression is different because it is a persistent feeling that can interfere with daily functioning.
If you are wondering if you may be suffering from depression, there are several signs and symptoms to look out for. One of the hallmark symptoms of depression is a persistent feeling of sadness or hopelessness. You may also find that you are easily irritable, have a shorter temper, or experience anger or frustration more often.
Another common symptom of depression is a lack of energy or motivation. You may find that even simple tasks such as getting out of bed or taking a shower feel like a chore. Physical symptoms can also be present in depression, such as changes in appetite or sleep patterns
If you think you may have depression, it's important to seek help from a mental health professional. They can help diagnose depression and provide you with a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. Treatment for depression typically involves a combination of therapy and medication.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a common form of therapy that can be effective in treating depression. CBT focuses on identifying negative thought patterns and behaviors and replacing them with positive ones. Another form of therapy that can be really helpful for treating depression is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR works at addressing the underlying roots and past experiences that are potentially feeding the depression symptoms.
In addition to therapy and medication, there are several lifestyle changes that can help manage symptoms of depression. Regular exercise has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of depression, as well as improving overall health and well-being. Eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep are also important in managing symptoms of depression.
It is also important to take care of yourself and engage in self-care activities. This can include taking time to do things that you enjoy, such as hobbies or spending time with loved ones. Engaging in relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises can also be helpful in managing symptoms of depression.
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. Remember, depression is a treatable condition, and with the right treatment, you can begin to feel better and regain control over your life. You are not alone, and there is help available.
The author, Camilla Olsen, CMHC, is licensed to see clients in the State of Utah. If you are interested in starting therapy with her, please fill out the Request an Appointment form on her website.
You may also be interested to know, that she has published several books and workbooks. Click here to read more about them!
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About the Author
Cami is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, specializing in helping adult clients heal from past trauma. With experience in treating depression, anxiety, grief, and childhood trauma, Cami provides compassionate care using a variety of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, CBT, and Sand Tray Therapy.
Do you live in the State of Utah? If so, would you like to become a client?
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Camilla Olsen, CMHC has published a variety of mental health workbooks, coloring books, and sketchbooks. Click here to explore the collection.