Depression Counseling

You can’t get out of bed. Or, stop crying. Or…just “feel” anything at all.

Depression has taken over.

On the outside you may seem “fine”, but no one can see your internal storm.

Fulfillment feels like a thing of the past.

If happiness is “a choice”, why hasn’t it been offered to you?

If this sounds familiar, you could be experiencing depression.

What is Depression?

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Depression is feeling persistently sad for a long time. This sadness is more intense than the occasional sadness we all experience. It’s more than “feeling under the weather.” That phrase could apply if we visualize a brewing hurricane instead of a rain cloud. Furthermore, depression can be life-altering. However, working with a depression counselor can help.

Symptoms of Depression

Like anxiety, many of us experience symptoms of depression at least once. Depression can look different in each of us. Additionally, we feel it to different levels. Here are some of the common symptoms of depression we have seen in depression counseling:
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems. Often, without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
Note: To receive a formal diagnosis of depression, symptoms must last for two consecutive weeks.

How Many People Experience Depression?

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Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. In addition, women are more likely than men to experience depression. Studies show that one-third of women will experience a depressive episode.
 
So, as you can see, you’re not alone. Many people experience depression in their lifetime. In addition, we know that some factors increase the likelihood of depression.

Risk Factors for Depression

Depression can affect anyone. Even a person who appears to “have it all together.” As depression counselors, we know that some factors play a bigger role.
 
Several factors can play a role in depression:
  • Biochemistry: Differences in certain chemicals in the brain play a part. This can contribute to symptoms of depression.
  • Genetics: Depression can run in families. Think of identical twins. If one twin has depression, the other has a 70 percent chance of having the illness sometime in life.
  • Personality: Certain personality traits can make depression more likely. This can be low self-esteem. Additionally, this can be someone who is easily overwhelmed by stress. Or, someone who is generally pessimistic. People with these characteristics can be more likely to experience depression.
  • Environmental factors: This can be in any part of their environment. A few examples are continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse, or poverty. These may make some people more vulnerable to depression.

How Depression Counseling Can Help

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Dealing with depression can be very difficult. It impacts other areas of your life that don’t seem to be related. Living with this can lower your quality of life in ways that other experiences can’t or aren’t able to. However, you’re in luck. As depression counselors, we have worked with many people who suffering from depression. They come to us feeling like a shell of their previous self. Often times, they aren’t sure what their purpose in life is. After depression counseling, our clients are able to rediscover what brings them joy. Their lives are changed for the better.

Faith and Family Empowerment Approach to Depression Counseling

Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” is sometimes used alone for treatment of mild depression. However, we use other methods in depression counseling. Depression can be mild, or moderate to severe. For moderate to severe depression, we often use antidepressant medications, as well.

As Depression Counselors, We Get It

We understand your pain. As depression counselors, we have worked with many people that have similar struggles. Through depression counseling, they have regained control and happiness in their lives! This, too, can be a possibility for you. Click here to learn more about the benefits of depression counseling. 

Begin Counseling for Depression in Atlanta, GA

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Depression has taken over and you may feel helpless. You don’t have to go through it alone. Our depression counselors are here and ready to help. Depression counseling can help you rediscover your joy. Faith and Family Empowerment has caring depression counselors that are trained and specialize. To start depression counseling, follow these simple steps:
 
  1. Contact me and request an appointment.
  2. Get to know your new depression counselor, William Hemphill
  3. Watch, as the storm clouds disappear.

Other Mental Health Services Provided in Atlanta, GA

As therapists, we understand that life can be difficult. And, we’re here to help. Currently, our Norcross based counseling clinic is closed. However, we are offering all of our services through online therapy and serve all of Georgia. Our therapists specialize in anxiety treatment and grief counseling. In addition, we offer marriage counseling and group counseling. Also, we offer Christian counseling and adoption counseling. Our team of skilled therapists is ready and excited to work with you.


4530 South Berkeley Lake Road
Norcross, GA 30071

willhemphill2@gmail.com
(678) 257-7831

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