Online therapy for depression

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by the continued presence of sadness, apathy, tiredness, anhedonia or loss/increase of appetite, among other symptoms.

Although it is quite common to hear “I am depressed,” this phrase it is often used to describe a mood that does not necessarily meet all the diagnostic criteria of clinical depression.

How many types of mood disorders are there?

Although depression is the most known mood disorder, it doesn’t mean that having changes in mood will lead to a diagnosis of depression. These are the other types of mood disorders:

Major depression.
Depressive episode.
Dysthymia.
Bipolar disorder (type I and II).

All the previously mentioned disorders share symptoms and require professional help to cope with them and avoid possible relapses.

What are the most common symptoms of depression or mood disorders?

The most easily recognizable symptoms of mood disorders are sadness or apathy. However, there are many other symptoms that may indicate that, when taken as whole and are prolonged over time, you may be suffering from a mood disorder. Here are some of the most frequent:

Alterations in sleep and/or rest.
Mood and appetite swings.
Feeling of loneliness.
Anhedonia or the inability to experience pleasure.
Lack of energy.
Lack of energy.
Thoughts related to death and/or suicide.

Bipolar disorder is a type of mood that is characterized by the presence of manic episodes followed by depressive ones. A manic or hypomanic episode may be characterized by:

Euphoria or exaggerated feeling of well-being.
Sleeping very few hours.
Abnormal episodes of optimism.
Energy boost.
Lack of energy.
Speaking very fast and jump from one subject to another.
Acting impulsively and/or carrying out risky behaviors.

What are the main causes of depression?

Depression and other mood disorders can have many different causes. These may be more related to individual factors, such as genetic inheritance, personality, and biochemical alterations. On the other hand, the causes may be related to environmental factors such as stressful events, lifestyle choices, social environment, etc.

How can online therapy help you fight depression?

Online therapy can help you by providing you a space where you can explore and address the causes of your discomfort as well as express your emotions and thoughts with a professional on a daily basis. Throughout your therapeutic process, you’ll learn to implement some techniques that will help you improve your well-being.

I may need professional help to cope with depression if:

I feel that I am not able to overcome my sense of deep despair on my own
I have a hard time doing the things I did before
I live with a permanent feeling of bitterness
I no longer enjoy the things that used to make me happy
I am having difficulties sleeping or resting
I think about death or about ending my life often

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