Should I get help for my depression? Here’s how to find out.
There’s never a bad time to receive the treatment you need for depression. Especially if you’re finding that symptoms of your depression are getting in the way of your productivity, compromising your self-confidence or crippling your initiative to live the life you want to live, understand that it’s time to find the help you need.
Specific signs can indicate that it’s time to get the help you need with the depression you might be struggling with. We’ve outlined a few clear indicators that your depression could be causing a rift between you and the kind of life you want to be living. Look for these clear indications that it’s time you put depression in its place and find the help you need from licensed medical professionals.
You no longer feel the same passion for the things you love to do.
Perhaps you love watching old films, or reading mystery novels, or taking casual walks outdoors. If you’re finding that you no longer register the same love for the activities that you enjoy the most, that’s a clear indication that depression could be taking a toll on your mental health.
Whether you’re passionate about pets or poetry, noting any difference in your level of interest is oftentimes a clear sign that it’s time to get the help you need for the depression you’re facing.
Your sleep habits are changing.
Changes in your sleep patterns is one of the main symptoms of depression. As depression begins to take its toll on your everyday life, sleep habits can easily change as a result. Especially if you find that temporary sleep issues become more permanent over time, it could be that depression is disturbing your otherwise regular sleep patterns. Whether you find yourself oversleeping, undersleeping or simply waking every few hours without being able to maintain a complete sleep cycle, changing sleep habits can mean it’s time to get help for your emerging or maturing depression.
You’ve noticed feelings of guilt or shame.
Feelings of worthlessness are very commonly experienced in tandem with depression. In fact, feelings of shame and sustained guilt are two of the chief symptoms of depression that indicate that a person could benefit from the help of licensed therapists or counselors. If you find yourself feeling worthless or guilty without any legitimate reason, or if you notice that guilt doesn’t subside after a normal period of time, you could be experiencing depression symptoms.
Thoughts that you’re not good enough, not strong enough or not worthy are not grounded in reality; rather, they are indications that you’re struggling with a depression that is affecting your thoughts and sense of self-worth.
You’ve lost your appetite and experienced changes in eating habits.
Similar to perceived changes in sleeping habits, you may have also noted changes in your regular eating habits. Over time, depression can affect adherence to healthy diets, as well as commitment to portion control. Changes in eating habits can also mean a decrease in appetite. Especially if you notice that you don’t appreciate the same foods, or that your lack of appetite reflects a lack of passion for life in general, it’s past time to get the help you need in managing the challenges that come with depression.
You’ve experienced thoughts of self-harm, suicidality or homicidality.
If you’re fighting thoughts of self-harm, suicide or homicidality, find the help you need for your depression immediately. Even though it may be difficult to take that first step, to admit to yourself, to others and to your medical provider that you need help, it’s a life-saving act that prioritizes your own health and well-being. Do not keep these thoughts to yourself, as they often manifest into painful, harmful actions. Rather, take the time to admit to your own challenges, and seek the help you need to overcome depression one positive step at a time.
Finding the help you need to manage your depression
Whether you’ve experienced changes in your appetite or your sleeping habits, shifts in your mood or disposition, or even alcohol or drug abuse as a result of your depression symptoms, today could mark the day you reach out for the help you need. The first step – admitting you need help in managing your depression – is the most difficult, but it also marks progress toward the happy, healthy life you love.
At Pyramid Online Counseling, we understand how important it is for you to receive the help you need for the depression symptoms you’re experiencing. Our licensed counselors can provide the right combination of counseling and medication, all at times most convenient for you. Schedule your online counseling appointment today through our secure, online counseling platform, and take the first steps toward conquering depression through Pyramid Online Counseling.