Therapy for Depression and Grief

Therapy for Depression and Grief

Depression is Treatable

 

What is Depression?

Do these symptoms feel familiar?

  • Feeling sad, down, or empty
  • Feeling hopeless, guilty, worthless, or helpless
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty with sleep
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Increase in pain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

These are common symptoms of depression, which is a common but serious mood disorder. If you have been feeling this way for longer than 2 weeks, and you feel these symptoms are getting in the way of your life, therapy could help you feel better.

 

How is Depression Treated?

Depression is treatable. While there is no form of treatment that works for everyone, a very effective therapy for depression is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on identifying, challenging, and changing the thoughts leading to depression.

Our thinking leads to our feelings and behaviors. By helping to teach people how to change and manage their thoughts, therapy can help people manage their feelings and change their behaviors. CBT is present focused and often includes problem-solving. Ultimately resulting in reduced symptoms of depression and less problems in life.

Depression is often treated with medication as well, either alone or in combination with therapy. Additionally, a newly introduced therapy of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been found to be effective for treatment resistant depression. While medication and TMS are not provided at this practice, we can consult with and/or refer you to a provider.

 

Is Depression the Same as Grief?

It is normal to experience sadness after a significant loss. Both grief and depression can include sadness and withdrawal from activities, but grief is different than depression. Grief may come in waves, while in depression mood can remain low for some time. Negative thoughts related to self are more consistent with depression. Grief can include feelings of denial, anger, guilt, questioning or bargaining in hindsight with events, or depressed mood. It is important to remember that grief is normal and often resolves on its own. The goal is to be able to accept and be able to move forward in life despite the significant loss. Therapy can help support you to do this with grief if you feel stuck or need support as well.

 

How Much Does Therapy for Depression Cost?

Every client has different experiences and needs, so there is no standard length of treatment. Most clients with depression feel improvement within 10-15 sessions. Some experience improvement in a shorter amount of time, and for others it takes longer. The more a client participates within therapy, and in exercises between therapy appointments, the faster they typically experience symptom improvement.

Treatment for depression is billed at the current individual therapy rate. Please inquire with your insurance company if they cover you for mental health treatment and if you need a referral. You can see which insurances are currently accepted on the Services page or FAQ page.

 

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