Fight the Stigma Against: Depression 

Coping with Depression in a Busy World 

Many people find it difficult to discriminate between intense feelings of sadness and life limiting depression.  What are the characteristics that separate our every-day sadness from a clinical diagnosis of Major Depression? The difference has everything to do with functioning.   

Imagine you are an individual who enjoys outings with friends, adequately performs at work, and heck, even regularly showers.  It would be safe to say that you are functioning adequately in our busy world.  Although the ability to shower and enjoy a night of cocktails with some friends might seem effortless to some, for those with Major Depression, these tasks become daunting and quite often impossible.   

An individual who meets the criteria for Major Depressive Disorder loses interest or pleasure in most daily activities.  They often have thoughts about death or suicide and begin to isolate themselves from their support persons.  Someone who has Major Depression often has difficulty with eating patterns (either excessive eating or loss of appetite) causing them to feel fatigued or experience insomnia.  These symptoms create a significant impairment in the person’s functioning when compared to their normal ability to participate in their own life.  

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The American Psychological Association recommends that individuals who experience these symptoms receive evidence based treatment which includes:  

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  
  1. Psychotropic Medication  
  1. Group/Peer based Therapy  

If you, or someone you know, has been suffering from isolation, lack of sleep, irritability, or suicidal ideations, please seek help.  Major Depression is a very treatable condition! Feelings of worth can be restored with the right treatment and the changes that will give a person renewed vitality to their life can be made.  After all, if you were thirsty and water reduced your thirst, would you not take a drink? Make an appointment today at San Antonio Counseling and Behavioral Center with one of our skilled therapists and gain the strength you need to enjoy life! 


About the Author
  Melody Montano, MA, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the field of Mental Health for 10 years in various capacities.

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