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Depression Specialist

Nugent Family Counseling

Mental Health Counselling located in San Jose, Santa Clara, & Aliso Viejo, CA and Reno, NV

If ongoing feelings of doubt or despair have interfered with your everyday life, you could have a major depressive disorder or depression. Depression can make the whole world feel dark and overwhelming, but with treatment, you can escape the darkness and return to a life in the light. With locations in San Jose, Santa Clara, & Aliso Viejo, California and Reno, Nevada, Nugent Family Counseling Center offers effective, personalized treatment for depression. To break free from the pain of depression, and regain control over your life, schedule a consultation today. Call the nearest location or book an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a serious mental health condition. Also called major depressive disorder, depression results in overwhelming negative emotions, such as sorrow, hopelessness, or worthlessness. Unlike typical feelings of grief and sadness that subside with time, the emotions associated with depression don’t go away. Over time, they can harm your work or school performance and interfere with your ability to perform daily tasks and maintain personal relationships.

Depression can last for months or years. Over time, depression has an adverse effect on your physical health and increases your risk of additional mental health disorders, such as anxiety or substance abuse.

Why do some people experience depression?

Researchers don’t know for sure what causes depression or why some people get it when others don’t. However, having a family history of depression does increase your risk for the condition. Brain chemistry, hormone levels, and nutritional deficiencies likely contribute to depression.

Additional risk factors include:

  • Chronic illness 
  • Chronic pain
  • Physical or sexual abuse 
  • Trauma
  • History of substance abuse
  • Environmental stress
  • Economic difficulty

If you have anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or a history of substance abuse, you also have an increased risk for depression.

How can I tell if I have depression?

If you experience ongoing, extreme feelings of despair and hopelessness that prevent you from enjoying life, cause you to avoid social situations, or interfere with your ability to meet obligations, you may have depression.

Other common symptoms of depression include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Decreased energy
  • Sleep disturbances
  • reduced appetite
  • Headaches
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory issues
  • Suicidal thinking

Long-term depression increases your risk of addiction, heart failure, and coronary artery disease. 

How is depression treated?

To provide comprehensive care for depression, the caring team of experts at Nugent Family Counseling Center work together to design customized treatment plans to address your individual needs. 

Your personalized treatment plan may include:

  • Medication management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Group therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Microcurrent electrical therapy
  • Hypnosis

Nugent Family Counseling Center offers neurofeedback, a type of biofeedback that promotes neural activity in the areas of your brain that regulate mood, behavior, cognition, and other mental functions.

Sometimes called “brain training,” neurofeedback helps restore healthy brain function. It can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve your sleep and concentration. 

If you or a loved one struggle with depression, schedule a consultation with a trusted provider at Nugent Family Counseling Center. Call the nearest location or book an appointment online today.