Depression Therapy Specialist in Fresno
Feeling a lack of energy, not finding the same joy in life and feeling unable to tackle a new project can be really defeating.
This can become particularly hard for a person whose life is so demanding where taking a breather is unimaginable. Too many people rely on you in both your professional and personal lives where it feels like you don’t even have time to get your thoughts together. This type of stress can lead a person to feeling depressed, overwhelmed and ultimately you will experience burnout.
You may find yourself:
Working overtime but production does not improve
Feeling impatient with co-workers or family
Feeling tired despite getting 6-8 hours of sleep
Negative thoughts about self, others and life
What Is Depression?
Depression is a combination of symptoms that may abruptly appear or may gradually come on over time. It is normal to feel sad or unmotivated at times but if the symptoms you are feeling get in the way of normal daily activities such as work, school, caring for family or caring for self then seeking therapy can certainly help. Common symptoms seen in depression include:
· Sad or poor mood most of the day
· Lack of motivation to do things you enjoy (hobbies, sex, etc.)
· Isolation from friends or family
· No interest in life
· Hopelessness and/or suicidal thoughts
· Anger or irritability
· Insomnia or over sleeping
· Anxiety or restlessness
· Slowed thinking or brain fog
· Unexplained physical problems such as chronic pain and headaches
· Guilt, self-blame and negative thinking
What is Dysthymia (Persistent Depressive Disorder)
Dysthymia or PDD is a disorder that falls in the depressive disorder family. The symptoms are similar to depression aside from the timeframe. Dysthymia is diagnosed when a person has experienced low-grade depression for at least 2 years. The trouble with dysthymia is that most people begin to believe that life is and will remain terrible. With PDD the symptoms often show up over time and almost appear to be part of the person’s personality. However, complications can occur with dysthymia (PDD) such as:
· Reduced quality of life
· Risks of other mood disorders
· Substance use to try and compensate for low mood
· Relationship and family conflicts due to negativity and isolation
· Reduced productivity at home, school or work
· Risk for chronic pain or medical illness (somatic disorders)
What Causes Depression
The cause of depression disorders are linked to:
· Biological factors – it has been found that persons with depressive disorders have physical changes that occur in the brain.
· Chemicals in the brain – Neurotransmitters are a chemical released in the brain, which is responsible for many functions. In the depressed brain it is known that there is a reduced amount of dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine is a chemical that is responsible for happy mood production while serotonin is known for calming.
· Learned or inherited traits – Studies have shown that individuals with a blood relative who has a depressive disorder is increasingly prone to this condition.
· Life events – Depression can be triggered by a life event which is a normal feeling if you lost a loved one, have financial or health problems or have a high level of stress. However, when the body is unable to recover from this life event a person may be more inclined to future depressive episodes.
I Can Help Alleviate Your Depression
I can help you identify self-defeating thoughts, areas of ineffectiveness, and poor boundaries with others. Once the problem is known, I will help you create a new plan to successfully prioritize tasks, events and relationships. Over time we will practice and revise your plan until you feel you are once again feeling achieved and your mood has returned to a healthy point.