Most of us experience times when we feel sad or down. Sometimes we might feel stuck in that mood and are unsure what to do. When people feel this way, they might be experiencing a period of depression. There are numerous symptoms of depression, including a lack of energy, loss of interest in pleasurable or typical activities, increases or decreases in sleep and appetite, trouble concentrating, feelings of hopeless, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide. Some people might experience most of these symptoms or only a few.
If you’re feeling this way, it might be helpful to consider working with a therapist on cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression. Therapy includes:
· Identifying behaviors and ways of thinking that might cause and maintain depression
· Identifying symptoms and how intense they are; this might be done by completing various questionnaires
· Setting goals to help reduce symptoms of depression
· Participating in activity scheduling so you can begin to start engaging in activities again
· Learning the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, there are many resources available to assist in the process of support and problem-solving, including professional counseling. Call (215) 487-1330 or email us at Greenridge@intercommunityaction.org for more information about our counseling services, which include one-on-one therapy with a trained clinician.
Author: Sarah Caverly, M.Ed., NCC
Leahy, R.L., Holland, S.J.F., & McGinn, L.K. (2012). Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.