Tackling Depression Can Lead To A Happier New Year
North American Precis Syndicate
At New Year's, or anytime, you don't have to let depression get you down. Talking to a therapist can help. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—As cheerful and joyous as the New Year can be, it can also
be a trigger for stress and depression for some people—but there is
hope. There are many resources for people who feel wrung out ringing in the
For example, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs)
can help. MFTs are licensed mental health
professionals who work with individuals, couples (married or not), families
of all types, and groups to cure or relieve mental, emotional and relational
concerns of all kinds.
How To Recognize Depression
To help you tell if you or someone you care about is suffering from
depression, the experts at the California Association of Marriage and Family
Therapists (CAMFT) offer these warning signs:
• Feeling sad and/or irritable
• Changes in weight or appetite
• Difficulty sleeping
• Feelings of guilt, hopelessness or worthlessness
• Inability to concentrate, remember things or make decisions
• Thoughts of death or suicide.
How To Handle Depression
If these symptoms look familiar, here are some things to do right now:
• Recognize depression early.
Depression can happen to anyone. It’s not a character defect, a
weakness or a shameful condition. It’s a serious disorder that no one
is immune to.
• Engage in your life. If
you are depressed, you may feel like you don’t have an ounce of energy
or motivation to tackle depression. Recovery, however, requires your active
participation. Be willing to take the first step, even though it’s not
• Build your skills.
Learn why you’re vulnerable to depression and specific ways to become
more resilient by breaking unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior.
Developing good coping and relationship skills can reduce both the frequency
and severity of depression episodes.
• Find the right therapist.
Talking through one’s stressors and understanding the underlying causes
is a proven way to effectively treat depression. Look for therapists with
training and experience in treating depression, as well as someone who is warm,
supportive and goal oriented. Use short telephone interviews to find a good
fit with potential therapists. Ask about how they approach problems like
• Be optimistic. You have
every reason to believe you can get better with effective treatment. While
anti-depressants are not a cure, they can be very helpful to some people in
managing depression. Whether or not you choose to use medicine to manage your
symptoms, therapy can give you the long-term skills you need to live a
productive, fulfilling life.
How To Learn More
For further information about how to find a therapist, visit www.CounselingCalifornia.com.
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