Depression, Is It Time To See a Therapist?

Have you been struggling with your emotions lately, and feeling like you can’t seem to shake your sadness? You might be suffering from depression.

The Mayo Clinic defines depression as, “a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.” Depression can be overwhelming and leave many of its victims feeling helpless and alone. However, according to the World Health Organization, “Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.

If you believe you’re suffering from depression, it’s important to have your condition properly diagnosed by a medical professional. If you’re not sure who to speak with about your situation, you can use the Find a Therapist tool to find a qualified mental health professional near you. Symptoms of depression range from trouble sleeping to reckless behavior such as excessive alcohol consumption.

Most importantly, if you’re feeling as though life isn’t worth living, it’s imperative that you seek medical assistance immediately before this symptom develops into suicidal thoughts. For a list of suicide hotlines in your state, visit Suicide.org.

Many are concerned with the negative stigma associated with therapy and ignore their depression symptoms so that they can avoid working with a psychotherapist. Yet for those truly battling depression, psychotherapy can be crucial to treating this common disorder. “Psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy) can be an important part of treatment for depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression),” according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s website. “A good therapist can help you cope with feelings and symptoms, and change behavior patterns that may contribute to your illness.”  

There are also a variety of resources for people suffering from depression that they can access from the comfort of their computer, tablet or smartphone:

Ultimately, if you truly believe you’re suffering from depression, don’t try to take overcome it by yourself. Even if your friends or family can’t relate to or assist you with your feelings, a therapist will know the best methods for helping you. A therapist will also be able to discuss your treatment options.