Professional Support to Help you Find Hope
Depression is very common, affecting 1 out of 4 adults during their lifetime.
Despite how common depression is, it can still be difficult to talk about. Many people feel isolated and have a hard time putting their experience into words.
Depressive symptoms can come on following a difficult life event, during specific seasons of the year or during cyclical periods without a specific reason. We help clients to develop coping skills to more effectively manage symptoms of depression and discover hope.
Some signs and symptoms of Depressive Disorders may include:
- Constant feelings of sadness
- Depressive mood
- Low self-esteem
- Low motivation
- Sleep disruption (insomnia or sleeping too much)
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Changes in appetite
- Thoughts of harming yourself
- Suicidal thoughts
If you recognize some of the above symptoms within yourself or a loved one, you are not alone! The Therapists at Encompass Hope are here to support you. Reach out for a free 15 minute phone or video consultation today.
Questions We Commonly Get
What is depression?
Clinical depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects your thoughts, feelings and actions. A major depressive episode may occur only once in a person’s lifetime, or may be followed by more episodes that can vary in severity. Clinical depression can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.
What are the signs of depression?
The most common signs of depression include low self-worth, difficulty experiencing pleasure and a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. You may feel hopelessness, feel irritable or grouchy, or consistently feel tired. You may lose your appetite or gain weight. People with depression can have problems with concentration and feel overwhelmed by even small tasks.
What causes depression?
Depressive disorders can be the result of a number of factors, including, genetics, brain chemistry, environmental factors, and personality. Major life changes like starting or losing a job, marriage or divorce, physical health conditions, or adding a child to your family can also trigger depression.
What are the different types of depression?
There are several different conditions that are classified as depressive disorders, here is a list of some of the common conditions:
Major Depressive Disorder: a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest and can interfere with your daily functioning. Can be a single episode or recurring episodes.
Perinatal depression (previously called Postpartum Depression): Deep emotional pain, lasting more than 2 weeks, affecting many individuals during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and the postpartum period (up to a year after giving birth).
Seasonal Depression (also called Seasonal Affective Disorder): Develops during the Fall and Winter. A lack of natural sunlight can lead to depression symptoms.
Persistent Depressive Disorder (previously Dysthymia): A lower grade of depression. Although mild, symptoms last longer than a major depressive episode, sometimes for years.
Depression symptoms can also be seen with alternating manic episodes in patients with Bipolar Disorder.
How can I tell the difference between being a little down and clinical depression?
Feeling sad once in a while is normal. Feeling down for longer periods of time during grief is also common. However, depression is when feelings of sadness become serious enough to keep you from enjoying life or normal daily activities. Depression symptoms may last for several weeks, months or even years, often becoming worse as time passes.
What are treatment options for depression?
The most common forms of treatment for depressive disorders include medication, and psychotherapy, specifically, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or a combination of the two. CBT is a problem-focused treatment that allows the individual to change unproductive thought patterns and gain control over unwanted behaviors. Because depression can develop due to many different factors, it’s important to take a customized approach toward depression treatment. Lifestyle factors that include physical health and medical histories also need to be looked at.
Get In Touch
3460 Washington Drive, Suite 214
Eagan, MN 55122
Mon – Fri: 7:00am-7:00pm