We all go through periods of time in our lives when we feel “down.” Some refer to this as a case of the “blues.”
But how do you know when a case of the blues is more than just a few rainy weekends or a marathon of sappy movies? When does feeling sad turn into depression?
Let’s define depression here.
Depression is a clinical term. It’s a disease that is diagnosed by medical professionals and is treated as such. Depression is characterized by persistent feelings of hopelessness and feeling helpless.
In addition, depression affects more than just your emotions or state of mind. A person who is clinically depressed has trouble getting out of bed in the morning and enjoying things that he or she once loved.
Sometimes, people will recognize that they have some form of depression that could have been caused by any number of things (loss of a loved one, losing a job, feeling alone, moving somewhere new, etc.), but they may believe that things will get better on their own.
While that’s certainly possible, it’s also taking a huge risk with mental health. This is because in many cases, depression can worsen, leading to thoughts of suicide or other harmful behaviors.
Fortunately, depression isn’t just one of the most common mental illnesses in the world. It’s also one of the most treatable.
If you are struggling with symptoms of depression, or know someone who is, you’ve come to the right place for seeking a solution. Bristol Counseling is here to help.
Don’t wait. Give us a call and schedule your first appointment with one of our licensed depression counselors. We accept most insurance plans, making this solution both immediate and affordable.
We have a no waiting list policy, so your first appointment can be as early as this week.