We all experience sadness and the “blues” from time to time.  However, a constant state of anguish and hopelessness is for more sinister.  This is called clinical depression or major depression.

Clinical depression is marked by constant feelings of hopelessness, insomnia or hypersomnia, fatigue, loss of energy, recurrent thoughts of death and suicide, and feelings of worthlessness just to name a few.  They symptoms are experienced for most of the day and for long periods of time.

Many struggling with depression, have difficulty concentrating and maintaining social relationships.  It is challenging to get up in the morning, let alone, enjoy time with friends and family.  Weight loss is very common with clinical depression.  Self-image is usually seen in through unfavored lens.

The causes of clinical depression can be external or hereditary.  Some are pre-dispositioned clinical depression tracing one or more family members struggling with it.

External causes of clinical depression usually involve consistent, persistent, and intense factors such as death or loss, history of abuse and violence, racisim,  societal unrest, drug and alcohol abuse and personal conflict. 

What many people do not know is that clinical depression is easily treatable.  There are treatments that can be adjusted to fit the person.  The first step is to reach out to a trained professional. 

Many of our clients at CAV Family Therapy, are treated using diverse approaches such as lifestyle changes, physical activities (i.e., exercise), social and relationship skill building, spiritual practices, emotional and psychological techniques.  We will also refer to a medical doctor for further evaluation and help. 

We approach therapy from a collaborative approach when it comes to treating depression.  We believe that empowering our clients and helping them to fully understand their depression and the causes, will make treatment more effective and efficient. 

Here are some ways to address clinical depression.

  • Seek professional medical support.
  • Exercise such as running and yoga.
  • Meditation and mindfulness.
  • Learn as much as you can about depression and causes.
  • Seek social support.
  • Make lifestyle changes.
  • Develop better nutrition.

These are just a few ways to address depression.  However, if you feel that you need professional help, please do not hesitate to call.  For further help, you can call the SAMHSA’s National Helpline at (800) 662-4357.

If you want to schedule a counseling appointment with any of our therapists at CAV Family Therapy, please click on the link below. 

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