If you research depression online, you often get a lot of scientific jargon that seems far from what you are feeling on a daily basis. Depression can feel like you simply can’t get through the day, you may feel lethargic, hopeless, angry, tired, or many other emotions that are hard to manage. Even though it may be well known that brain chemistry plays a large part in why people have depression, all you want to know is that there is hope for a day where you can feel energized and ready to take on new challenges, however small they may be. With some hard work with a therapist, you can begin to hope for that day.
Because brain chemistry is such a large of what causes depression, it’s helpful to discuss the basics of what is going on. Simply put, the levels of neurotransmitters in your brain can cause some people to develop depression. The levels of dopamine and serotonin are largely responsible for an increased risk depression.
However, there are also certain life experiences that can cause someone to become depressed. The breakup of a relationship, a death, the loss of a job, or stress about financial problems can lead to feelings of depression. Certain things that happen every day or other psychological conditions can also play a part.
It’s also important to differentiate between the feelings of grief and depression. If you feel emotionally overwhelmed, this can often be temporary and is a normal human reaction. The difference is when these feelings begin to disrupt your daily life and lead to a low quality of life. Talk with your therapist to help understand your feelings and discuss if it could be depression.
Symptoms of Depression
Just like anxiety, depression symptoms will vary from person to person and they can even change as the illness progresses. Symptoms vary based on gender, culture, age, or experiences that occurred during childhood. Symptoms often include:
- Overwhelming feelings of sadness
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Changes in sleep, whether it’s oversleeping or the inability to sleep
- Headaches or muscle pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in weight
- Thoughts of suicide
Seeking Help From a Therapist for Depression
At StarBrook, we want to make sure you feel comfortable and safe. Knowing that we won’t generalize your experience, but will create a personalized treatment plan for your specific situation. Working with a therapist who will try to pinpoint the cause of your depression will allow for a plan that will ensure you see an improvement in the long term.
Finding relief from depression symptoms does take time and there are several approaches that we can try, whether it’s medication or psychotherapy.
At StarBrook, you can be confident that you’ll work with a therapist who has your interests at heart. We don’t want to simply write you a prescription and send you on your way. We want to dive into the underlying cause in order to treat depression at the root.