depression resources: overview - Northlight Counseling

Overview

There are many types of depression. Postpartum depression, bipolar (also known as manic-depressive), seasonal depression and major depression are all types of Clinical Depression. The cause of depression can vary from one person to the next. Not all depression includes thoughts of suicide. Depression can affect people in their childhood, men, women and the elderly. It can strike in the teenage years. It can also include anxiety.

Postpartum depression is a clinical depression after a woman delivers a baby. Though the pregnancy may have been relatively stress-free, postpartum can affect any woman. Some signs of postpartum depression can include weight gain or loss (without trying), sleep disruption (too much or too little), thoughts of suicide, feelings of helplessness, and loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable.

Severe depression can lead to suicide attempts or psychotic episodes. If you are experiencing thoughts of harming yourself or others, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit the website.

Is Depression Cheating You From Enjoying Your Life?

Here is a simple quiz based on common symptoms of depression. You can use this to help determine if depression may be problem in your life. Screening tests, such as this, are not intended to provide a diagnosis for clinical depression. But they may help identify any depressive symptoms and determine whether a further evaluation by a medical or mental health professional is necessary. As with any other illness, you should see your doctor if you think you might have symptoms of depression.

  1. For the same 2 week period (or more), have you had a depressed mood?
  2. For the same 2 week period (or more), have you had a loss of
    interest or pleasure?

    If you answered “yes” to the first 2 questions on this quiz, you may have depression. Continue below. If you answered “No” to the first 2 questions of this quiz, you may not have depression.

  3. Do you have a significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day, for 2 weeks or more? (For children, consider failure to make expected weight gains.)
  4. Do you have insomnia (trouble sleeping) or excessive sleep, nearly every day, for 2 weeks or more?
  5. Do you have feelings of restlessness or irritability, observable by others, nearly every day, for 2 weeks or more?
  6. Do you have feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt, nearly every day, for 2 weeks or more?
  7. Do you have diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day, for 2 weeks or more?
  8. Do you have recurrent thoughts of death or harming yourself, nearly every day, for 2 weeks or more?

If you answered “yes” to 5 or more of the above, you may have clinical depression. A full assessment from a licensed professional is needed to determine if you have clinical depression. Contact me for an appointment.

How to Overcome Clinical Depression

Though the cause of Clinical Depression can vary, there are many forms of treatment. There is no single cure for depression, but the treatment should include professional counseling, where a test can be taken to determine your specific symptoms of depression. Medications can often reduce the effects of depression and/or anxiety.

It is important to get a screening for your particular situation, so that a professional can help you find a cure. Dealing with the stress of depression should not be done alone. Call me for phone assessment, which will take about 30 minutes. We will review the symptoms of depression, and I will help you develop a treatment plan for dealing with the stress of depression.

Overcoming chronic (long-term) depression may require the help of a support group. To find a support group online, type, “depression support group” in your search engine, and a number of resources will be listed. To find a support group in your area, contact your local hospital for information.

depression resources

helpful websites

  • TroubledWith: Depression
    Excellent collection of resources on dealing with anxiety disorders, as well as when and how to seek treatment.
  • DepressionHurts.com: When you're just getting started
    If you're depressed, or think you might be, here are some ways to take care of yourself as you begin treatment. Talk with your doctor about how these steps may fit in with your treatment plan.
  • Depression Screening (NIMH)
    A confidential online depression screening test, as well as information on symptoms, treatments, and how to find help.