Depression Counseling - it can help
For many individuals depression counseling is one of the most effective ways of treating their depression. However, if the depression is deep enough to be considered clinical depression, counseling may be combined with medications for a more thorough treatment.
When to seek Depression Counseling
When feelings of sadness and loss of energy last longer than expected and one is unable to bounce back after sometime, then it is time to seek depression counseling. It has been estimated that about 19 million adults in America live with major depression. Before seeking professional help it is important to review the symptoms of depression. These include losing interest in the surrounding and day to day activities, prolonged sadness, feeling hopeless, crying and changes in sleeping patterns including insomnia and oversleeping. Other symptoms include reduced focus & concentration, unintentional weight gain or loss, being unusually irritable, fatigue, decreased libido, suicidal thoughts and unexplained illnesses such as headaches.
Early treatment of depression is always advised as it prevents the condition from getting worse. Depression itself interferes with the person’s ability to seek help. Seeking treatment begins with finding a good counselor. Recommendations may be gotten from friends or family members and insurance providers. A qualified counselor helps one to deal with depression using various techniques. Depression counseling helps to develop person’s social skills and provides support when feelings of sadness and hopelessness arise.
Treatment of depression by counseling is achieved by different counseling sessions. Depression counseling has been found to be just as effective as pharmacologic treatments. It helps to improve psychosocial behavior preventing a relapse.
Compared to the fast acting pharmaceutical treatments for depression, counseling has been found to produce longer lasting results. Although relapses do occur with counseling, the period between stopping treatment and the relapse is longer in counseling compared to pharmaceutical treatment. It is also more effective in reducing suicidal thoughts than drug treatments.
When conditions such as pregnancy, lactation and drug sensitivity prevent someone from using drug therapy, depression counseling is the way to go.
In cases of recurrent depression or severe symptoms, a combination of psychotherapy and drug therapy may be used. The drugs that are used in this kind of combination therapy are known as antidepressants. These drugs usually take between 2-6 weeks before their effect is realized. Some of the common antidepressants include lexapro, cymbalta, Prozac and Zoloft. The side effects of antidepressants may include nausea, decreased libido, dizziness, insomnia, weight gain or loss, tremors, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation and headaches.
There are various types of psychotherapy which may be used to treat depression. They include cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and psychodynamic therapy.
Cognitive behavioral therapy aims at changing thoughts and behavior that aggravates the symptoms of depression.
Interpersonal therapy aims at assessing the connection between depression and the relationships between the sufferer and their family and friends.
Psychodynamic theory is a type of depression counceling that looks at past traumas and conflicts in order to find the root cause of depression.
Psychotherapy relies on the cooperation of the patient for success and may be unsuccessful if the sufferer is not willing to cooperate.