Depression Treatment For Women
Your Symptoms Of Depression Are Unique
At first you thought it was just a series of bad days but now your depression is constant. In your memory you are an adventurous, fun loving, lighthearted woman. But lately you feel farther and farther from that sense of yourself.
When it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning, reaching your goals and feeling joyful seems impossible. All of your self care (yoga, eating better, hiking…) doesn’t seem to make a dent in the sadness and sluggishness. And it’s so confusing when your mood spikes with anger, irritability or tearfulness when you least expect it. These signs of depression are exhausting.
Most of the time, others see how well you are doing at work, with your kids and your amazing partner. But they don’t see how hard it is for you to make simple decisions, how fleeting those joyful moments are or how your success at work leaves you feeling flat once you’ve come home. This is life with depression and you are not alone.
What Is Major Depressive Disorder?
Major Depressive Disorder or Clinical Depression is a medical term for an experience of depression that is multifaceted and negatively affects your life. So let’s be clear, this is not sadness because of a bad day. And it’s not the situational blues you experience after a breakup, divorce or loss.
Clinical depression comes with a heaviness that follows you even on good days, in a variety of settings. And it can affect more than just whether you “feel sad” or not. Symptoms of major depressive disorder can also include:
● Depressed mood most of the day
● Less interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day
● Significant weight loss, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite
● A slowing down of thought / Brain fog
● Feeling restlessness or a sensation of being physically slowed down.
● Fatigue or loss of energy
● Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
● Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
● Recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts or attempts
If you are experiencing these symptoms nearly every day then you might be coping with clinical depression. The good news is that therapy can help you reduce, manage or even eliminate your symptoms
Sign Of Depression In Women
Having a counselor on your side to understand the signs of depression in women can be critically important. For example, we see that far too often women mistakenly attribute their lack of energy and irritability to the demands of motherhood. And while yes, raising those kiddos is undeniably challenging at times (to say the least!) chronic experiences of fatigue, guilt and angry outbursts can also be signs of depression. These symptoms of depression can be helped with depression treatment like individual counseling sessions.
Further, ambitious, career oriented women who work outside the home are surrounded by a culture that cheers on hustling and ignores the emotional labor of maintaining and growing healthy relationships. The pressure to “do it all” and “just keep swimming” can lead to high functioning depression and high functioning anxiety. Those of us experiencing this are at greater risk of burnout, compassion fatigue and exhaustion.
Therapy For Depression In St. George UT
At Guided Wellness Counseling we work with driven, ambitious women whose lives are complicated by depression. Together we work to build your self esteem because you don’t want to depend on others for happiness. We’ll explore your boundaries so that it feels easier to connect with loved ones and also put space where you need it. You’ll learn how to take better care of yourself so that the depression no longer has it’s hold on you.
Together, we build certainty on this one truth: You are not your depression. We can support you whether you choose to deal with depression without medication or if you want the support of a psychiatrist for sound medication management. We will give you all the options while building skills along the way to support you in day to day life.
The next step is to contact our practice manager for a free 15 minute phone consultation. Let us learn more about your goals for counseling. Then we’ll connect you with the best therapist for your needs and schedule. We want to answer any questions you have about counseling and depression, therapy for anxiety or working with a trauma therapist for PTSD. It’s important to us that you feel respected and understood. Together we’ll create an action plan so that you can start feeling relief as soon as possible. Let’s move forward.