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Depression Counseling in Jacksonville, Florida

Life isn’t easy. There are lots of ups and lots of downs. Events happen that we have no way of predicting, yet we have to figure out a way to deal with the aftermath. Sometimes we develop symptoms such as sadness, lack of energy, and either sleeping more. Here are some of the symptoms that could signal a diagnosis of depression:

Symptoms

  • Sadness for more days than not
  • Lack of energy/fatigue
  • Loss of interest in most if not all previously enjoyed activities
  • Increased or decreased appetite or increase or loss of weight
  • Feelings of worthlessness

I like to distinguish between 2 different types of depression. Situation depression versus clinical depression.

Situational Depression

Situation depression is when you develop some symptoms of depression as a result of an undesired life event. This life event could be the death of a loved one, a divorce, breakup, bankruptcy, or foreclosure to name a few. The symptoms may last a few months or even longer but don’t meet criteria for an actual diagnosis.

Clinical Depression

With clinical depression, I often hear my clients say, I don’t know why I feel this way. Typically, there is no identifiable trigger to their symptoms. This can be especially frustrating for the person experiencing the symptoms. This person also likely meets all the criteria for the clinical diagnosis. Clinical depression has a strong genetic component, meaning a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle likely have clinical depression whether they’ve been diagnosed or not.

Helping You Feel Better

I work with my clients to develop a plan based on the intensity and frequency of their symptoms. We develop the plan together and I ensure it’s simple, broken into small steps, and doable. I also like to take a holistic approach in many ways as I feel that your food choices, exercise routine, and sleep schedule are all crucial parts of treatment that need to be explored.

In addition, I assign small, mini-tasks to work on in between sessions. I believe this helps to get you feeling better faster as you maximize what we talk about and work on in our sessions.