Overcoming Depression: How Psychologists Can Help 

Life isn’t always easy, and if you have been finding things to be particularly challenging it’s normal to feel a bit down or blue about your current situation; however, if you find yourself feeling hopeless, uninterested in activities you once loved or experiencing feelings of worthlessness then these could be signs of clinical depression.

What is Depression?

People often use the term “depression” as a way of describing extreme sadness or upset; however, it’s important to distinguish the difference between “feeling depressed” and having clinical depression. Someone who is dealing with clinical depression may experience these symptoms,

  • Lingering sadness and emptiness
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in sleep (e.g. insomnia; sleeping more than usual)
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability, anger and mood swings
  • Feeling guilty
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Chronic fatigue

While some people may have episodes of depression caused by significant life changes such as a death of a loved one or loss of a job, depression can also have biological and genetic components, as well. Those who have been experiencing these distressing symptoms for more than two months should visit a psychologist for an evaluation.

Seeing a Psychologist: Treating Your Depression

A psychologist is a mental health professional who knows how to help you treat and manage your depression. There are several ways to approach psychotherapy; however, cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most common and effective therapies used to treat depression.

Through therapy we will help you,

  • Pinpoint situations that may be impacting your depression and help you figure out strategies to improve these situations
  • Set goals for therapy and in your daily life
  • Help you adopt coping strategies to reduce harmful self-talk and negative thoughts
  • Pinpoint certain behaviors that could be reinforcing symptoms such as helplessness and guilt

There is no “right way” or “single way” to treat depression. Everyone’s situation is unique and by getting to understand you and your situation we can provide effective strategies to unlearn certain thought processes and behaviors that could be contributing to your depression.

If you are experiencing symptoms of depression help is only a phone call away. Call Strategic Psychological Services at (401) 785-0040 today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation and to get the treatment and support you need.

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