Understanding Your Mental Health
Most people feel the emotional heaviness of being “depressed.” Although it is similar, it is not comparable to people struggling with clinical depression or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Depression is a condition defined by overwhelming sadness and lack of motivation, interest, and pleasure. This is commonly coupled with physical sensations of heaviness, lethargy, fatigue, and other bodily discomfort. These symptoms last at least 2 weeks or more.
Some individuals feel sad without any specific reason. Others may feel depression as a result of significant life changes, relationship struggles, or other negative circumstances. Depression focuses on worth. People often feel like they are not good enough and do not deserve to have positive experiences. These thought patterns can lead to suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts, or suicide completion.
Medication is often a beneficial treatment when used in combination with other therapy techniques. Those options can be discussed and referrals are available for local prescribing providers.
There are many options for hope and healing for depression. These include:
-Shame resilience training
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
-Self compassion/ self love training
-Solution Focused Therapy
-Physical Wellness coaching