Balance Your Life with Depression
Depression affects all aspects of a person’s life including their relationships, hobbies, jobs, habits and passions. Depression can come to define a person’s entire identity and create a life completely out of balance. For some people finding balance requires specialized strategic counseling, while for others it requires medication. With the right help even the most depressed person can find their way back to a healthy and balanced life.
How Depression Works
Aspects of human psychology such as mood, anxiety management, impulse control, romantic attraction, motivation and optimism are managed by a sensitive and intricate system of chemical signals. Receptors pick up variations in these chemicals and use them to activate and deactivate certain thought patterns and behaviors. Human behavior directly affects these chemicals in ways such as the following:
- Sexual activity releases hormones that reinforce such behaviors
- Risky or thrilling behavior causes the release of pleasurable endorphins
- Exercise causes the release of chemicals that cause the individual to crave more exercise
- Tragedy and loss cause the release of chemicals that provide emotional comfort
For most people these signals and responses function properly, but those who suffer from chemical imbalances may find themselves unable to feel good or to avoid self-destructive behaviors without first reestablishing proper chemical levels and thought processes.
How Counseling Helps with Depression
Counseling is more than just talking about your feelings. Various types of talk therapy can change the way a person understands his or her situation and how he or she responds to circumstances. Counseling helps people form new and healthy thought patterns that can permanently reduce feelings of depression.
When Depression Medication Is Necessary
Counseling alone is not always enough, and some people need the added support of medical treatment. A wide variety of psychotropic drugs are available that have been proven effective at helping a person manage depression symptoms. The ultimate goal of the medical treatment of depression is to provide a window of clarity through which healthy new thought patterns and habits can be established and reinforced. Depression medications are meant to be a temporary aid to the longer-term counseling process. All aspects of the treatment of depression should be directed by specially trained professionals.
Finding the Right Help for Your Depression
If you are struggling to find balance in your life due to depression or co-occurring depression and substance abuse issues, we can help. Call our toll-free helpline any time, and we will answer any questions you may have. We can help you find the best treatment plan for your unique situation and can even help with logistical issues such as insurance coverage and transportation. There is no reason to endure the pain and isolation of depression any longer. Call now, and let us help you take your first steps out of the darkness of depression.