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  • Depression, in its various forms, is more common than most would think and according to, it occurs in about 10% of the American population over the age of 18. This statistic does not account for the early adolescent years, including these years of development would undoubtedly increase this statistic substantially. Depression can impact the ways in which one thinks, feels, and functions. For a diagnosis of depression, the time requirement states that symptoms have been present for two or more weeks.

    What are the symptoms of depression?

    • Feeling sad most of the day, nearly every day
    • Feeling a sense of hopelessness
    • Fatigue or lack of energy
    • Lack of interest or pleasure in activities
    • Irritability
    • Appetite or weight change
    • Sleep disturbance (trouble getting to sleep, trouble staying asleep, or sleeping too much)
    • Moving or talking more slowly, or more quickly, than normal
    • Feeling restless or fidgeting
    • Decreased ability to focus, remember, or make decisions
    • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
    • Thoughts of suicide or death, or attempting to end one’s life

    All symptoms are not experienced by every individual, some may only experience a few of the symptoms listed above. The frequency and severity to which one experiences symptoms will also vary from one individual to the next, and without treatment may worsen over time.

    Contributing/Risk factors may include:

    • Trauma
    • Stress
    • Physical illness
    • Medications
    • Individual or family history
    • Life changes

    What can you do about it?

    • Seek treatment from a mental health professional
    • Consider the possibility that medication might be helpful, at least temporarily
    • Increase exercise
    • Talk to friends or family
    • Make a conscious effort not to isolate yourself from others

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    If you’re interested in learning more about how therapy can help with depression call 850.757.1552 and schedule an appointment with one of our therapists today or head over to our website, New Heights Counseling, and get to know Our Team.

    Learn more about Stephen McCrea

    Stephen is a LMHC in the State of Washington and is Provisional Licensed in FL  and a veteran of the United States Navy. He has worked in community mental health, in various therapeutic roles, since 2016. Stephen works with children, adolescents, and couples, and has a passion for helping others to overcome obstacles and to achieve a higher quality of life. He is dedicated to his clients’ care and services Fort Walton, Niceville, and surrounding communities. Stephen approaches each client as an individual in a compassionate and empathetic way. Book an appointment with Stephen HERE!