Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the United States (ADAA, 2022). Some people see depression and think a person is just lazy or unwilling to make change, but the reality of depression can be severe and even life threatening.
Depression is different from normal responses to sad or stressful situations. It lasts longer, effects multiple facets of a person’s life, and is often more difficult to work through. Depression can be neurochemical when influenced by brain chemistry and personality-based when someone develops habitual patterns of negative thinking.
Severe cases of depression can feel overwhelming and lead to thoughts of escape. Emotional outbursts, self-harm, and thoughts of suicide are common when battling depression and often take a toll on everyone involved in the person’s life. Ultimately, depression makes it hard to function and nearly impossible to find happiness and fulfillment.
Fortunately there is hope, as depression is very treatable. Behavioral and medication-based treatment methods are widely successful. These resources aid in rewiring brain pathways, transforming negative thinking patterns, and building the support necessary to overcome the debilitating effects of depression. You can read more about one method, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, by clicking the link.
I offer in-person therapy and counseling in Seabrook, TX and virtual telehealth therapy for Texas residents. If you are ready to combat depression, visit the online portal to schedule an appointment today.