Your Guide to Coping with Depression
You didn’t choose depression,
but you can choose how to deal with it!
Fill out the form to the right to download the helpful guide:
‘Depression – What To Do Before You See a Therapist’.
Did you know?
- Depression is a complex illness that can have many factors at it’s core.
- These can include your brain chemistry, life situations, relationships and coping skills.
- If you come from a family where there was alcoholism or abuse, you are more at risk for depression than someone who doesn’t.
- Plus health problems, isolation, financial stress, unemployment, and other life situations can contribute to depression.
- But there are many things you can do to improve your depression, too.
Signs of Depression
How do you know if you have depression?
People with depression report having one or several of the following feelings or symptoms. Sure, these symptoms are part of the natural up’s and down’s of life, but with depression they are stronger and last longer. Do any of these describe you?.
Feelings of Hopelessness – You feel like things will never get better and you feel helpless to change it.
Feelings of Sadness – You may cry for what appears to be no reason. Or cry easily as a reaction to others.
Loss of interest in Activities – You don’t feel like doing the things that you used to enjoy.
Loss of Feeling Joy or Pleasure – You have a lessened response to people and things that you love.
5% Weight Loss or Gain in One Month – Without trying to lose or gain, your weight goes up or down.
Trouble Concentrating – Trouble focusing, paying attention, and remembering things.
Feelings of Worthlessness or Guilt – You harshly criticize yourself. You blame yourself.
Anger, Anxiety, Restlessness or Agitation – For some people depression makes them irritated.
Unexplained Physical Problems or Pain – Depression can manifest as a physical illness or pain.
Lack of Energy – Things feel overwhelming and you just don’t have enough energy to do even simple things.
Insomnia or Oversleeping – Your sleep is interrupted. You lie awake or you feel like sleeping all day.
Frequent & Recurring Thoughts of Death or Suicide, or Attempted Suicide – Get help right away. This is nothing to ignore or tell yourself that you can handle it by yourself. Reach out and talk to a professional. CALL 911 OR CONTACT A LOCAL PROFESSIONAL IMMEDIATELY.
You can overcome depression! YSC can help.
How Online Counseling Can Help You Deal with Depression
Because of the advantages and immediacy of online counseling, we find people are more likely to start. And the sooner you start, the sooner you can reduce and vanquish your depression.
It is convenient – you can do it from anywhere.
Where do you feel most comfortable? Home? In a coffee shop? That is where you might want to be when speaking with your counselor. Online therapy gives you the option to select your location.
It is anonymous.
Do you feel awkward at the thought of sitting in a room talking in person with your therapist? Online counseling gives you the choice of HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing, chat, email or phone – so you can decide how much interaction works best for you.
It is more private.
Do you fear meeting someone you know in a therapist’s waiting room? That keeps many people from getting the help they need. Online therapy give you the ultimate in privacy — it is therapy you can do from the privacy of your own home.
It is affordable.
Whether you have insurance or not, our therapists are priced to provide a great value to you. Hourly rates vary by counselor. They start at $40 an hour.
When Life Hurts
Sometimes life hits you hard.
Depression is a natural response to life’s major changes.
Postpartum depression happens before or after
15% of childbirths.
Loss of love in a relationship or a marriage is frequently followed by a period of depression.
Losing or Getting a Job
Losing a job can be a terrible blow,
but the stress of a new job can also trigger depression.
When death takes a person or pet from you, in order to recover, you mourn.
Depression is one step in mourning.
Did you move recently? Moving severs many of our ties and can cause depression.
Another type of loss, abortion
can result in a feeling of loss
of what could have been.
What makes Your Story Confidential special?
Online counseling means you can get help on your schedule, and on your terms. Our therapists, counselors and life coaches are here to build a relationship with you. They will listen objectively and help you learn tools to cope, heal, and move forward with life. Conversations between you and your provider are strictly confidential.