Let's face it, depression hurts. People not suffering from depression often say, "cheer up. It's not that bad." or, "When are you going to get over it, and stop being a baby?" What they do not understand is that the black cloud of depression makes those that suffer from it feel as if they are in a dark hole with little room and no way out.
Depression usually consists in two forms. 1. Situational Depression and 2. Persistent Depression.
Depression that is situational is usually quickly resolved once the situation is either worked through, or the person's perspective on the situation has changed. This is usually done either through counseling or even hypnosis.
Persistent Depression is categorized by Diagnostic Book of Mental Disorders or the DSM as either Major Depression and persistent depressive disorder(formerly called Dysthymia). This type of depression generally has a biological make up for it, and most people benefit from an antidepressant, and on going counseling. Individuals suffering from this type of depression may experience bouts of depression with periods of relief. In times of relief, counseling and/or hypnosis is recommended in order to prolong the relief, and continue to develop coping strategies to limit any set backs.
Recent studies are beginning to show that moderate, regular exercise is shows promising results that may mimic some antidepressants.
For what ever reason, we are here to help. If we can be of any assistance or need resources to continue progress, please feel free to give us a call.
Bright Hope Counseling Center
1558-G Union Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
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