Chronic mental health conditions like depression can come in waves. After a period of stable, positive mood, you might notice your mental health taking another downswing. Many people experience chronic depression, characterized by repeated depressive periods or episodes over time.
It can be difficult to notice when you’re on a depressive downswing, but if you pay attention, you’ll notice telltale signs and symptoms. You could be feeling more emotions of doubt or despair, or struggle increasingly with symptoms related to eating, sleeping, or socializing.
Once you start to suspect that your depression is getting worse, reach out for renewed help and support. The compassionate team of therapists at Nugent Family Counseling provide ongoing, effective support for new and existing patients who live with depression.
If you’re concerned that your depression might be getting worse, contact Nugent Family Counseling now to explore your options for treatment. With help, you can turn back the tide of your depression and reclaim your full quality of life.
How to know when your depression is getting worse
Major depressive disorder and related mental health conditions can seriously interfere with your day-to-day life. Your depression might come in waves, leaving you feeling worse at times than you may have expected. The symptoms of depression can be complex, but there are a few key indicators that can serve as a guide to the severity of your condition.
Emotional symptoms head the list. If you are experiencing a depressive episode, you might experience feelings of sadness, melancholy, despair, or hopelessness. You may notice that hobbies and friendships no longer fill you with joy, and you might find yourself withdrawing from activities.
In addition, a major depressive episode can impact other aspects of your health and wellness. You might struggle to get to sleep at night – or, you could struggle to get out of bed at a reasonable hour. You’re at a higher risk for depression if you’ve been through trauma, have a family history of depression, or have a personal history of substance abuse.
When to seek help and support
Don’t suffer with depression alone. If you suspect that your symptoms are worsening, seek professional help and support right away. The Nugent Family Counseling team is here to listen, advise, and work with you on a full treatment plan to address your depressive symptoms and manage your condition in the long term.
We recommend multiple types of treatments for patients with depression, including personal cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), as well as individualized psychotherapy. If we think you could benefit from these treatments, we could also recommend:
- Management through medication
- Group therapy
- Microcurrent electrical therapy
- Hypnosis and neurofeedback
To learn more about your options for coping with worsening depression, contact the experts at Nugent Family Counseling Center today at our offices in San Jose, California, Los Gatos, California, and Reno, Nevada. You can schedule your appointment online, or over the phone.