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What is Depression?

Everyone feels low sometimes, but depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder, is a serious mental health condition that impacts the person’s emotions and thinking and interferes with their ability to function in life.


Most importantly, know that you are not alone. Depression is the most common mental health disorder with one in six people experiencing depression at some point in their life. It is most likely to first appear in the late teens to middle twenties, and women and LGBTQIA+ members are more likely to be diagnosed with depression. At The Resilience Center of Houston, we offer depression therapy and treatments in Houston to help you regain your life back. For more information about our Houston Depression Therapists, contact us today.


What are the Risk Factors for Depression?

  • A family history of depression

  • Poverty

  • Lack of social support

  • Major negative life changes


What are the Symptoms of Depression?

  • Sadness

  • Worthlessness

  • Hopelessness

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Trouble making decisions

  • Lack of motivation

  • Lack of energy or slowed down movement or speech

  • Weight loss, weight gain, change in appetite

  • Increased or decreased sleep

  • Changes in sexual desire or performance

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed (anhedonia)

  • Restlessness or irritability

  • Memory and thinking problems (pseudodementia)

  • Hallucinations or delusions

  • Thoughts of death or suicide


How is Depression Diagnosed?

A diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder is made by a mental health professional, like a Therapist, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist. The mental health professional will rule out other mental health conditions, like:

  • Prolonged Grief Disorder

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Schizoaffective Disorder

  • Cyclothymic Disorder

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder/Dysthymic Disorder

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Post-partum Depression (Peripartum Depression)

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder


Patients should be examined by a medical doctor to rule out medical conditions with symptoms that may mimic depression, like:

  • Vitamin deficiency

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Lyme Disease

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Sleep disorders

  • Diabetes

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Brain tumor


Is Depression Treatable?

Depression is highly treatable; 90% of people with depression respond to treatment and find some relief from symptoms. Our Houston depression therapists at The Resilience Center of Houston are skilled and will guide you through the treatments that are tailored to you.


How is Depression Treated?

Depression presents differently in every person, so treatment should be individualized for each person. It may take some trial and error to find the treatment that works best. These are common treatments for depression:

  • Behavior Modification, like exercise, socialization, and sleep training

  • Medication

  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)


When to Seek Help for Depression?

A person should consider seeking help for depression from a mental health professional when symptoms last at least 2 weeks, when symptoms are severe or highly distressing, or when symptoms get in the way of self-care or functioning at home, work, or school. A person should immediately contact 988 if having suicidal thoughts and call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room if presenting immediate harm to themselves or others. For more information on our Houston depression therapy and treatments, contact us today.


How Can I Help a Loved One Who Has Depression?

First, know that you are not responsible for your loved one’s happiness and cannot fix their problem for them. Instead, you may offer support through empathy, validation, and patience. Offering support may also include helping the person research and get access to mental health services, like finding a therapist, affording care, and figuring out transportation to treatment.


How do I Find a Therapist to Treat Depression?

The Resilience Center of Houston believes in the human capacity to overcome even the most difficult of circumstances. We have dozens of licensed therapists at several locations in greater Houston that specialize in the treatment of depression waiting to help. In-person and virtual counseling is available, and providers are in network with 30+ insurance companies. For a better tomorrow, contact us today for more information on our Houston depression therapy, treatment, & therapists .

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Expert therapists at The Resilience Center of Houston specialize in treating depression through evidenced-based approaches. With 4 locations and virtual counseling, therapy has never been more convenient. With dozens of in-network insurance companies and reasonable private pay rates, therapy has never been more affordable.

Does your sadness sometimes feel all-consuming?
Have you lost interest in activities you once enjoyed?
Do you lack energy and feel exhausted all the time?
Is your mood negatively impacting your life?

You don't have to suffer in silence.

Depression is a common mental health condition and highly treatable.

What is depression?

Everyone feels low sometimes, but depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder, is a serious mental health condition in which depressive symptoms persistently impact the person’s emotions, thinking, and ability to function in life.

Who has depression?

You are not alone. Depression is the most common mental health disorder with one in six people experiencing depression at some point in their life. It is most likely to first appear in the late teens to middle twenties, and women and LGBTQIA+ members are more likely to be diagnosed with depression. At The Resilience Center of Houston, we offer depression treatment through therapy to help you regain your life. For more information about our Houston Depression Therapists, contact us today.

How is depression diagnosed?

A Therapist, Counselor, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist will diagnose Major Depressive Disorder. Other mental health conditions will first be ruled out.


Prolonged Grief Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Schizoaffective Disorder

Cyclothymic Disorder

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Post-partum Depression

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Rule out medical conditions

Clients should be examined by a medical doctor to rule out medical conditions with symptoms that may mimic depression.


Vitamin deficiency

Hypothyroidism

Lyme Disease

Parkinson’s Disease

Sleep disorders

Diabetes

Brain tumor

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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What are depression symptoms?

Is depression treatable?

Depression is highly treatable; 9 out of 10 of people with depression respond well to treatment and find some relief from symptoms. The course of treatment depends on the causes, the severity, and the duration of symptoms. The depression therapists at The Resilience Center of Houston are skilled at guiding you through treatment tailored to your needs.

How is depression treated?

Depressive symptoms in each person present differently, so treatment should be individualized. It may take some trial and error to find the treatment that works best. Counseling, Behavior Modification (like Exercise, Socialization, and Sleep training), Medication, and ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), are common treatments for depression.

What are the different types of anxiety disorders?

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Generalized anxiety disorder involves excessive and persistent worry that interferes with daily life. Relentless worry results in physical symptoms, like restlessness, feeling on edge, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, exhaustion, and sleep problems. Topics of worry typically center on everyday matters, like appointments, home repairs, work responsibilities, and family health.

What is Panic Disorder?

Panic Disorder is characterized by recurrent Panic Attacks. Panic attacks present with severe and overwhelming psychological and physical distress, involving some of the below symptoms.

What are the physical symptoms of Panic Disorder?

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Shortness of breath

  • Muscle tension

  • Sweating

  • Shaking

  • Restlessness

  • Dizziness

  • Tightness in the chest

  • Numbness or tingling

What are the psychological symptoms of Panic Disorder?

  • Feeling like you’re having a heart attack

  • Feeling like you’re going to die

  • Feeling impending doom

  • Feeling like you’re going crazy

  • Feeling like you’re losing touch with reality

  • Fearing you’ll lose control of yourself

  • Constant worry about when you’ll have your next panic attack

  • Fear you’ll embarrass yourself

What are Phobias?

A specific phobia involves intense and persistent fear of a particular object, situation or activity that is generally not dangerous. The experienced distress is acute and leads sufferers to go to extreme lengths to avoid what they fear.

What are common phobias?

  • Fear of driving

  • Fear of flying

  • Fear of vomiting

  • Fear of needles

  • Fear of confined spaces

  • Fear of being alone

  • Fear of leaving the house

What is Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is characterized by the fear of being trapped or stuck in circumstances in which escape may be difficult or embarrassing, or help might not be easily available. The fear is acutely distressing and interferes with normal daily activities. The person typically avoids the situation, needs a companion, or experiences extreme anxiety.

What are common situations agoraphobics fear?

  • Trembling        

  • Crowds

  • Enclosed Spaces

  • Open Spaces

  • Public transportation

  • Leaving the home

What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder ?

PTSD can develop after a severe physical or emotional trauma such as a sexual assault, natural disaster, or serious accident. Those with PTSD feel intensely upsetting thoughts and emotions connected to their traumatic experience that persist long after the situation happened.

What are PTSD symptoms?

The symptoms of PTSD can be categorized into four areas.

Intrusion – repeated, unwanted thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks of the event

 

Avoidance – steering clear of people, places, activities, and objects that are associated with the event.

 

Changes in cognition and mood – loss of interest, distorted thinking, difficulties concentrating, loss of certain memories, negative emotions, hypervigilance, social withdrawal, and anhedonia.

Changes in behavior – social withdrawal, anger outbursts, recklessness, sensitive startle response, problems sleeping.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social Anxiety Disorder involves excessive discomfort in social situations and a fear of experiencing embarrassment, judgment, humiliation, condescension, or rejection in social situations that can negatively impact work, school, and other daily activities. People with this disorder will try to avoid social situations or endure them with great anxiety.

What are commonly feared situations for those with social anxiety?

Commonly feared situations include attending parties, interacting at work, eating in public, or engaging in unscripted interactions.

What are common Social Anxiety symptoms?

  • Trembling

  • Blushing

  • Sweating

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Mind goes blank

  • Stomachache

  • Speaks very softly

  • Avoids eye contact

What is Separation Anxiety Disorder?

Separation Anxiety Disorder is is characterized by excessive fear of being away from those we are close to, who are also called attachment persons.

What are signs of Separation Anxiety Disorder?

  • Anticipation of potential separation causes mounting fear

  • Persistent worry about the negative consequences resulting from separation

  • Obsessive focus on the multitude of situations that could lead to separation

  • Interferes with attending important activities, like work or school

  • Fears of sleeping outside the home and away from attachment persons

  • Nightmares about separation

  • Headaches, nausea, or vomiting

What is Selective Mutism?

Selective Mutism is a rare and debilitating childhood condition that involves a failure to speak in certain situations in which there is a natural expectation to speak. A child may talk at home, for example, and be nonverbal at school. The absence of spoken communication can significantly interfere with the child’s academic achievement and can stunt their social development and the formation of relationships with others. It is theorized that Selective Mutism may be an early and specific manifestation of Social Anxiety Disorder.

What are behaviors associated with Selective Mutism?

  • Clinginess

  • Temper Tantrums

  • Excessive Shyness

  • Social Isolation

Do you seem to feel angry or irritable for no reason?
Is it hard to complete even the smallest of tasks?
Do you find yourself hopeless about the future?
Do you feel like a failure?

What are depression symptoms?

Depression may disrupt many areas of a person's life.

Sadness

Loss of interest in activities

Restlessness or irritability

Hopelessness

Difficulty concentrating

Memory and thinking problems

Trouble making decisions

Lack of motivation

Lack of energy

Slowed movement or speech

Changes in appetite or weight

Increased or decreased sleep

Change in libido or performance

Worthlessness

Hallucinations or delusions

Thoughts of death or suicide

What are the risk factors for depression?

Trauma, poverty, lack of social support, major negative life changes, and a family history of depression all make a person more likely to experience depressive symptoms.

What happens if depression is left untreated?

If you’re living with depression, ignoring your symptoms may make them worse. If left untreated, depression can worsen and substantially diminish your quality of life.

When to seek help for depression

A person should consider seeking help for depression from a mental health professional when symptoms last at least 2 weeks, when symptoms are severe or highly distressing, or when symptoms get in the way of self-care or functioning at home, work, or school. A person should immediately contact 988 if having suicidal thoughts and call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room if presenting immediate harm to themselves or others. For more information on our Houston depression therapy and treatments, contact us today.

How can I help a loved one who has depression?

First, know that you are not responsible for your loved one’s happiness and cannot fix their problem for them. Instead, you may offer support through empathy, validation, and patience. Offering support may also include helping the person research and get access to mental health services, like finding a therapist, affording care, and figuring out transportation to treatment.

What are some successful treatments for depression?

Interpersonal
Therapy

Cognitive
Behavioral
Therapy

Psychodynamic
Therapy

What is Interpersonal Therapy?

IPT is a time-limited, diagnosis-targeted, well-research, and structured treatment for major depressive disorder in which counselors help clients solve interpersonal crises as a way of relieving their symptoms and improving their quality of life. Instead of being solely person-based, IPT acknowledges that outside factors in a person's life, largely their relationships, have a dramatic impact on their mental well-being.

How does IPT counseling help with depression?

IPT focuses on the reciprocal relationship between mood symptoms and interpersonal relationships and assumes that improving the client's problematic relationships will improve depressive episodes. IPT teaches the client to interpret their emotions as social signals and uses this to foster interpersonal functioning and mobilize social support.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

CBT is a type of counseling or therapeutic approach that is commonly used to treat depression. An abundance of scientific studies have shown Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to be effective in treating depressive disorders and to improve the quality of life for those with depression.

How does CBT counseling help with depression?

​Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based on the fundamental idea that mental health disorders are primarily caused by maladaptive ways of thinking and dysfunctional patterns of behavior. Counselors who utilize the CBT model work to help clients learn healthier coping strategies through challenging thought patterns and altering behavior.

What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is an in-depth, therapeutic approach that focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Through self-reflection, the examination of emotional blind spots, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns, the client gains insight into themselves and their behavior.

How does Psychodynamic Therapy help with depression?

Scientific studies have shown substantial treatment benefits with psychodynamic therapy. Clients are encouraged to speak freely, bring vulnerable feelings to conscious awareness, and understand how repressed emotions from the past affect current decision-making. Clients may express and reconcile contradictory feelings and learn how they avoid distress and develop defense mechanisms to cope.

How do I help my depression?

Don't let depression hold you back. Counseling with the Resilience Center of Houston can help. With multiple locations in greater Houston and online virtual therapy, getting the care you need has never been easier.

How do I get counseling for my depression?

Depression counseling has never been more affordable. We work with dozens of insurance and EAP companies and offer reasonable private pay rates. Quality mental healthcare in Houston doesn't have to cost a lot of money.

Skilled depression experts in Houston are ready to help.

Free yourself from depression and start living now. Our experienced team is happy to answer your questions and get you started with therapy in greater Houston this week. Request a virtual or in-person appointment today.

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