Depression

What is depression?
Depression is a complicated condition. It affects people differently and can be hard to recognize. For example, some people with depression are exhausted and want to sleep all the time, others are plagued with insomnia. Sometimes it comes on gradually and sometimes seemingly over night. The term depression is used to describe many different issues. There are two common types of depression: major depressive disorder and dysthymia.
 
Major depressive disorder is more severe and  can be diagnosed after just two weeks of symptoms.
Click here for a depression checklist
 
Dysthymia is more chronic. Dysthymia can be so long standing the people don't even realize the burden and  grow accustomed to living with it. It is more subtle, affecting self-esteem and taking the fun out of life.
Click here for an article I wrote  on dysthymia.
 
There is help for depression.
 
How counseling can help?
Counseling can be very helpful in challengings depressive thoughts, like feeling stuck, alone, and hopeless. Counseling can also help you see options and find strategies to feel better.
 
How can neurofeedback help?
Depression impacts how your brain functions and neurofeedback can improve that functioning. It can be validating to see what you are feeling on the brain map.