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Getting Out of Depression Unscathed

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Getting Out of Depression Unscathed


Nobody wants to be depressed. It can make you feel like it’s the end of the world, even when things aren’t that bad. If well-meaning family and friends advise you to snap out of it and you can’t, you may feel awful, thinking you’re flawed or weak in character. While they mean well, you may not be able to escape depressive symptoms without professional help. Depression is an emotional condition that must be treated.

When you are struggling with depressive symptoms, you have little energy to be functional. Personal hygiene, eating, sleeping, or interacting with your family, friends, and people in the workplace could feel like a chore. You may feel hopeless and think that overcoming depression is impossible. According to the experts of WebMD, “breaking the cycle of depression is the only way to reclaim your life.” How can you get out of depression unscathed?


Recognize the Symptoms Early

Are you really depressed? Sadness is the main characteristic symptom of depression, but it could be more than feeling “the blues.” Some people may not feel very sad at all, or if they have been sad a long time, it isn’t something they readily recognize as a depressive sign. To quash depression early, you need to recognize the symptoms.

The National Institute of Mental Health says that if you have these symptoms “most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression.”

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment


Act on It With Haste

Time is critical. Delaying action can make your symptoms get worse. The best thing you can do is to see a therapist right away, and finding a good therapist is important, as the success of your therapy depends on it. Seeing a therapist first, before a psychiatrist, is a good decision, since they are as adept in assessing your symptoms and are likely more available to treat you.

If your symptoms are mild to moderate, promptly seeking therapy can prevent them from worsening without the need for antidepressants. If your depression is in an advanced stage or it is a severe type, you may need medication. Your therapist can refer you to a good psychiatrist for a prescription while you continue with your therapy. The psychiatrist will probably prefer that you continue seeing your therapist as a safety net or a “fail-safe” strategy.


Find the Right Therapist for You

For one reason or another, it is common for many depressed people not to “cooperate” with their therapists. Perhaps they are still in denial about their condition, or they don’t trust their therapists. The latter underscores why you must find a good therapist whom you trust. It is easier to work on depression resolution if there is trust between you.

The chance of success in therapy is higher when you trust your therapist. This means attending sessions, using the therapy tools and adhering to the recommended lifestyle changes, as well as doing any “homework” (if recommended) in between sessions. It means coming back and seeing your therapist as scheduled to stay connected and to allow your therapist to monitor your progress. It also means staying informed and learning everything you need to know to actively take part in decision making.


Reject Depression Early with the Right Help

Depression can make you feel miserable. You don’t want to get used to its symptoms or the kind of life it gives you. Opposing your therapist won’t help. The key is to find the right professional for effective and successful therapy. Call Carolina Counseling Services — Pittsboro, NC, to find the right professional who has experience, training, and a caring nature.

As an actively participating patient, you should discuss your signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options with your therapist. The independent therapists contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Pittsboro, NC, understand that successful depression therapy can’t be a “Band-Aid type of solution.” You need a therapist who is as proactive, committed, and patient as you are. Call now for your appointment.


Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Pittsboro, NC

Counties: Chatham, Alamance, Durham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph, Wake, NC
Areas: Pittsboro NC, Gulf NC, Hickory Mountain NC, Hadley NC, Siler City NC, Wilsonville NC, Fearrington NC, Mandale NC, Bear Creek NC, Albright NC
Zip Codes: 27312, 27344, 27207, 27228, 27256, 27559


Gail Gustafson, MSW, LCSW

Specializes in: (Ages 9+) Adolescents and Adults, Individuals, Couples and Families. PTSD/Trauma, EMDR, Adoption, Drug/Alcohol/Substance Abuse addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Parenting, Family, couples and marriage counseling.
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