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Identify and Overcome Depression By Keith Niager LCSW

Over 16 million adults in the U.S. will have a major depressive episode this year. It is a common occurrence.

When we are depressed just often don’t feel like doing anything. At this point we get stuck in a vicious cycle of withdrawing. When we withdraw we have more time on our hands to think about the issues that contributed to the depression. It is referred to as “paralysis by analysis”.

Common Warning Signs:

  • Difficulty concentrating / lack of focus
  • Lack of energy
  • Increase or decrease in eating habits
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Withdrawing from everyday activities
  • Increased irritability
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Loss of Interest in areas that used to bring you joy
  • Crying more than usual
  • Suicidal thoughts

When we are depressed just often don’t feel like doing anything. At this point, we get stuck in a vicious cycle of withdrawing. When we withdraw we have more time on our hands to think about the issues that contributed to the depression. It is referred to as“paralysis by analysis”.

Is important to make every effort to avoid dealing with depression by yourself. Often we just do not have the energy to take the necessary steps by ourselves. Having someone that can encourage us or hold us accountable is very important. Exercise can also be beneficial. When we exercise it produces endorphins. Studies show endorphins help with our moods and decreases our anxiety.

When working with clients battling depression we often tell them our first goal is to make their world bigger. By that I mean to get back into certain routines that brought you joy in the past.  Also, understand that depression is often about something going on in our lives that we need to deal with. We may have a tendency to push things back down, at some point this no longer works. On occasion, we are depressed and not have a specific reason why in cases like this depression often runs in the family. It may point towards a wiring issue.

Depression can be often an opportunity for growth. Most of us grow as a result of our coping skills no longer working. We are motivated to learn new skills to make this feeling go away.   When we have proper help it can allow us to work through these issues before they become out of control.

Common treatments for depression are counseling, exercise, and at times medication. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of or hide from. As we work through it we can become stronger and resolve issues that have plagued us most of our lives.

If you are dealing with depression we are here to help.

Keith Niager LCSW
Executive Director

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