Sadness is a part of life—we get stressed at work, we watch a heart-string-tugging TV show, or we fail to meet a goal we set for ourselves. Disappointment happens, it’s part of the human experience.
Depression is different from your day-to-day sadness. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if you are just having a bad day or if you are experiencing something more severe. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States, affecting 1 in 10 adults and over 18 million people.
How do you know if you need to seek help? What if it’s just a phase and will pass?
Many people put off seeking therapy for depression because they are unsure whether they really need it. If you feel like something is off in your life, even if you can’t quite put your finger on it, a qualified therapist can help. The Family Therapy Clinic in American Fork, UT provides these services and more. There is help. You do not have to suffer in silence.
3 signs and symptoms of depression that you do not want to ignore.
- Feeling down, low motivation, and low energy more days than not for 3 months or more.
Depression is more than just having a down day or two. If you notice you are feeling sad or melancholy more days than not for 3 months or more, you may need to go talk to a professional counselor. Other things to pay attention to are whether you feel low motivation or low energy. Maybe things you used to enjoy don’t sound appealing to you anymore. If you notice a change in your energy, motivation, or feelings of happiness that don’t seem to be going away, you may be experiencing depression.
- Changes in appetite, sleep, work/school functioning
With any type of mental health situation, it’s essential to pay attention to any changes from the norm. Are you sleeping a lot more or less than you usually do? Are you eating much more or less? Have you noticed that your performance at work or school is suffering? These signs could indicate that you are experiencing more than just a few bad days and that something more serious might be going on.
- Having thoughts of wanting to hurt yourself
Not all people who experience depression will have thoughts of hurting themselves, but some will. And if this is a symptom you are experiencing it is a serious one. Some suicidal thoughts are passive. For example, thinking “It would be nice if I just didn’t wake up in the morning”. Some thoughts are more active (having a specific plan). If you notice you start having thoughts about hurting yourself please make an appointment with a qualified professional as soon as possible. If you are in immediate danger and believe you will act on these thoughts, please go to the nearest emergency room.
Schedule Therapy for Depression in American Fork, UT today!
Depression is a serious mental health condition and one that should not be treated lightly. Even if you are not sure whether you’re experiencing these symptoms, if you feel something is off and you’re not feeling quite like yourself, The Family Therapy Clinic in American Fork, UT can help. Our mental health therapists can help you identify whether you are experiencing symptoms of depression.
- Contact one of our qualified and compassionate therapists today.
- Start Therapy for Depression in American Fork, UT
- Begin feeling joy and start healing!
Other Services Our Mental Health Therapists Provide in American Fork, UT:
Therapy for depression isn’t the only service we offer at The Family Therapy Clinic practice. We know life throws curve balls and you might want to talk about more than one stressor. Our mental health therapists provide services to support all your needs. Our specialties include adult anxiety, teen anxiety & depression, couples and marriage therapy, and post-divorce therapy.