Depressed woman feeling sad and empty.Topics For Counseling

Depressive Disorders are officially called “Mood Disorders.” There are several types of mood disorders. The one thing they all have in common is that at some point there is a depressed mood. Dysthymia involves a chronically depressed mood that is present most of the time. Medication appears to help with severe depression, especially when used in combination with counseling. Mild to moderate depression can often be treated successfully with counseling and no medication. If you are currently taking an antidepressant, do not discontinue without first speaking with your medical doctor.

Some Issues That Cause Depression

  • Behavioral Issues
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Weight Loss

Depression Checklist

  • Sad or empty mood
  • Loss of pleasure in activities you normally enjoy
  • Weight loss or weight gain, diminished or increased appetite
  • Sleep difficulties, too much or too little sleep
  • Feelings of restlessness or being slowed down
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Indecisiveness, or diminished ability to think or concentrate
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

If you answered Yes to five or more of the above, you may very likely be suffering from depression.