Depression | Grief

Are you overwhelmed with sadness due to the death of a loved one? 

Have you lost your job and no longer have the energy to keep looking for a new one? 

Do you find yourself crying most of the day?  

Are you thinking about killing yourself?

Are you sleeping too much and lost your appetite?

Have you felt “down in the dumps” for a long time?

Suffering loss of any kind is difficult and we all know that we will experience periods of sadness and grief throughout our life time.  Grief is a normal process and is not confined to a time line. However, if you experience feelings of depression or grief that are causing ongoing dysfunction in your daily life and you can’t seem to get back to your normal mood, you may need help. 

Symptoms of Depression

      • Depressed mood most of the day; feeling sad or empty, tearful
      • Significant loss of interest or pleasure in activities that used to be enjoyable
      • Significant weight loss (when not dieting) or weight gain
      • Sudden decrease or increase in appetite
      • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
      • Agitation; or slowing down of thoughts and reduction of physical movements
      • Fatigue or loss of energy
      • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
      • Poor concentration or having difficulty making decisions
      • Thinking about death or suicide

Types of Depression Disorders as listed in the *DSM-IV

Major Depressive Disorder:  You are experiencing at least 5 or more of the symptoms listed above nearly every day for at least two weeks that are causing dysfunction in your everyday life.

Dysthymic Disorder:  You have had a depressed mood for more days than not for at least 2 years and are experiencing some of the symptoms listed above.

Treatment for Depression

Treatment may include medication from your doctor or a psychiatrist, changes in diet and exercise, and counseling.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) are effective forms of therapy to treat depression.  Using these two approaches in counseling, Dr. Crystal Hollenbeck helps you address your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and trauma to eliminate or manage your depression. 

 

There is Hope for Healing that produces Harmony through counseling. 

*The American Psychological Association – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR)