Orlando Depression Counselor
Most people have felt down, depressed or sad at some point in their life. Sadness is a normative reaction to stressful events, losses or other issues in life. However, when ones feelings of intense sadness last for weeks or longer and seems to prevent a person from functioning successfully in family relationships, work environments or in social relationships, then that person may have a deeper level of sadness or may be suffering from depression.
Many times, individuals who are dealing with depression lack mindfulness in realizing or do not accept that there is a physical component to their depressed moods. This means depression is not always situational. We at Live Life Counseling and Consulting seek to explore underlying factors that may be affecting our client’s depression levels and work together with other medical practitioners, if needed, to ensure the most effective mode of treatment approach is in place based on each person’s individualized needs.
Symptoms of Depression:
- A depressed mood during most of the day, particularly in the morning
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Recurring thoughts of death, suicide or impending doom
- Difficulty concentrating and remembering details
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- Extreme irritability and/or restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once pleasurable
- Lack of eye contact
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Significant weight loss or gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month)
- Memory loss, poor concentration
- Pacing, hand wringing, and pulling on hair
- Psychomotor retardation or agitation, such as slowed speech, sighs, and long pauses
- Belligerence and defiance (especially in adolescents)
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
- Slowed body movements, even to the extent of being motionlessness or catatonic
- Uncontrollable tears and outward sadness
A person who is dealing with depression may not have all of these symptoms and having some of these symptoms does not mean a personal is depressed. The severity of depression or each symptom depends on the individual and his or her particular situation in life. While these are common symptoms of depression, they may also occur in patterns, or the symptoms may be seasonal. (Season Affective Disorder). If you are feeling that you may have some level of depression, it is important to contact professional that can give you more insight into your concerns.
Depression in Children / Teens:
If your child is sad and down, this does not necessarily mean he or she is dealing with depression. Again, depression is when sadness becomes persistent every day and creating issues in your child’s ability of function in a healthy manner in various environments. Or, if your child has disruptive behavior or high levels of irritability that interferes with normal social activities, interests, schoolwork, or family life, it may indicate that he or she may be depressed. It is also common for teens to occasionally feel unhappy. Again, it’s when the unhappiness lasts for more than a few weeks and the teen experiences other symptoms of depression, then he or she may be suffering from Adolescent Depression. Adolescent Depression can also be a sign of additional life concern or another mental health issues which can be further assessed by a clinician.
Talking to DeAne can help you:
- Find your way out of depression
- Find emotional solutions
- Alleviate physical and emotional symptoms
- Increase positive thinking and belief systems
- Understand and express your emotional needs
- Pinpoint life problems that contribute to depression
- Improve relationships with others
- Enhance emotional well-being
- Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life
- Take back your life!
Depression can rob you of your happiness, energy, motivation, and hope. Fighting depression is just that – a fight – that can often leave you feeling drained and unable to face everyday situations. Depression can happen to anyone at any time because it is common and very treatable by talking with a clinician and, in some cases medication. Depression affects both mind and body; you may not feel depressed, but body may be giving you different signs. People snap out of sadness; however, people do not just snap out of depression without actively working on it. Depression is not your fault, and it is not a sign of weakness or laziness; it is a real illness with real treatment. You do not have to face it alone.
DeAne and Live Life Counseling and Consulting can help you identify ways to improve your mood, increase your energy level, and start feeling like “you” again. You are not alone – it can get better!
If you have any questions or would like a phone consultation to discuss your depression concerns, please contact us at 321-689-9148. You may also visit our resource page for more information on depression and local treatment options.