Depression is one of the most common reasons people seek counseling services in Norfolk and across the country. Approximately 40 percent of adults in the last year experienced significant sadness and depression. Many children and teenagers struggle with depression each year and use counseling services regularly. Most people have felt sad, unhappy, or depressed at times. Feeling sad and depressed can be a normal reaction to life's challenges and struggles, loss, and medical illnesses. However, when feelings of intense sadness and depression last for many days and weeks and interfere with your normal daily functioning, your may be experiencing something more than everyday unhappiness. It may be clinical depression and require some type of treatment, including counseling services.

Some signs of depression in adults that indicate you should seek counseling services include:

  • a depressed or sad mood
  • difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • significant weight loss or weight gain
  • a lack of energy
  • feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • diminished interest in pleasurable activities
  • impaired concentration or indecisiveness
  • frequent crying spells
  • intrusive depressive thoughts
  • feelings of worthlessness
  • suicidal or self-harm thoughts
  • using alcohol to relieve sadness

Signs of depression in children and teenagers may be different than in adults. In addition to the usual symptoms of depression, children may be grumpy, irritable, or bored most of the time. Children and teenagers may complain of frequent headaches and stomachaches. They may become withdrawn and refuse to socialize or attend school.

Fortunately, therapy is often helpful in helping people who are struggling with depression. Some counseling options that can be helpful for depression include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Grief Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Coping Skills Development

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, the counselors at Associated Psychologists and Counselors will sit down with you to understand the reasons behind your depression - and to discuss a treatment approach that best fits your needs.