DEPRESSION

Depression Counseling & Therapy Services in Omaha

Everyone feels sad or blue at times. However, when feelings of hopelessness or despair persist, for no apparent reason, depression may be an issue.

 

WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

Feeling empty, sad and hopeless is an exhausting way to live your life. When depression sets in, it can greatly impact not only your present life but also how you view your past and future. Depression can make you feel like you’ve always been this way and life isn’t worth living. It doesn’t help that you likely have no energy to devote to changing things for the better.

Depression is one of the leading mental health disorders plaguing both the young and old. According to the World Health Organization over 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression – an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.

Common Depression Symptoms

  • Persistent depressed and sad mood for longer than two weeks
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Irritability or feelings of restlessness
  • Reduced or no interest in things you previously liked doing
  • Physical symptoms including headaches, gastrointestinal upset, or other persistent aches or pains
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

What Causes Depression?

There are a number of risk factors that may increase your chance of developing a mood disorder including:

  • Genetics: A family history may increase a person’s risk for developing the disorder.
  • Abuse: Past physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
  • Certain Medications: For example, some drugs used to treat high blood pressure can put you at an increased risk.
  • Conflict: Personal conflicts or disputes with family members or friends.
  • Death or a Loss: Sadness or grief from the death or loss of a loved.
  • Major Events: Major life events such as moving, job loss, getting divorced, or retiring.
  • Substance Abuse: Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also have Major or Clinical Depression.
  • Serious Illnesses: Sometimes depression co-exists with a major illness or is a reaction to the illness.

"Once You Choose Hope, Anything is Possible."

                                                                                 ~CHRISTOPHER REEVE

Counseling Connections & Associates Treatment Options

At Counseling Connections & Associates, our providers are skilled at working with mood disorders and the myriad ways it can negatively impact your life. Talk therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy and problem-solving therapy is an effective treatment option, with or without medication.

Are You Ready to Feel Good Again?

After completing an initial evaluation, we will recommend a treatment plan that will include education, psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle changes, or a combination of these.

We will help you learn how to recognize specific triggers for depression. Furthermore, through therapy, we will teach you how to identify unhealthy thoughts and behaviors that may be exacerbating your symptoms.

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of depression, contact Counseling Connections & Associates today to learn about our treatment options.

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