Depression is a common mental health condition that causes a cloud of negative feelings and apathy to settle over your life. More than just feeling sad, depression causes intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness that interfere with your ability to function at work or school. It can interfere with your relationships and lower your overall quality of life.
While everyone feels sad occasionally or experiences grief, these feelings typically pass with time. Depression, on the other hand, lasts much longer. When left untreated, depression can persist for years.
What are the warning signs of depression?
Depression causes feelings of intense sadness, despair, and guilt, as well as other disruptive symptoms, including:
- Lost interest in hobbies and activities
- Decreased libido
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Changes in appetite
- Backaches and headaches
- Thoughts of death or suicide
You should make an appointment with Dr. Cole if you experience any of these symptoms. If you are seriously thinking about suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
When should I talk to a psychologist about depression?
As mentioned, it’s a normal part of life to feel sad from time to time. However, if you have persistent sadness and other depression symptoms, you should make an appointment with Dr. Cole for an assessment. He can evaluate your mental and emotional health and provide an accurate diagnosis. Once you know what the issue is, you can start treatment and regain your quality of life.
How is depression treated?
At Quandary Peak Counseling, Dr. Cole offers personalized psychotherapy treatment plans to help you explore and resolve the issues that contribute to your depression. Dr. Cole has experience in several therapeutic approaches, including:
He tailors your treatment plan to address your specific needs and may combine elements from different types of psychotherapy to deliver precisely what you need. Dr. Cole might also recommend lifestyle modifications to help improve your overall wellness, which can help you cope with mental health issues like depression.