Thrive Boston Depression Counseling and Depression Questionnaire

One in five people suffer from depression every year. It's one of the most common mood disorders, but it's also one of the most serious. Millions experience the effects of depression every day, but the unfortunate thing is that many people never seek help.

Not looking for the readily available care you need will only prolong - if not worsen - your struggles. Know that the qualified, experienced clinicians at Thrive Boston Depression Counseling are here for you. Just call us. It's a sure first step on your path to recovery.

Portraits of Depression

Diane works at a restaurant in Harvard Square and has done so ever since she was going through her undergrad program at Tufts several years ago. She used to not mind it, as it's a fun environment and she made a lot of friends, but after years of getting by on tips and not pursuing her passions, she's begun to feel directionless, like every week is the same week and she's too afraid of failing to make a change.

Instead she rides the T to work each day, not reading the book she brings. She just looks out the window and wishes things were different.

Stephen's been married for the last 15 years, but doesn't remember the last time he and his wife felt like friends. If anything, they're competitors. The brief moments they've spent together over the last few years were mostly spent fighting or simply ignoring one another.

He's living on his own now, seeing his children from time to time. His estranged wife won't engage in dialogue with him much because of how the last few times they got together turned into all-out shouting matches. He feels lonely and wants to know how his life has become so drenched in sadness, and is beginning to realize his role in creating the mess he's now living in.

Depression: Definitions and Key Thoughts

It has been said that depression tears away life from both the inflicted, and those closest to the depressed person.

What many people don't realize is that clinical depression is a very treatable condition. Clinical studies conducted over the last twenty-plus years have found time and time again that counseling therapy can help persons in their recovery from depression.

Understanding what depression looks like from a clinical standpoint - the different types, symptoms, signs and triggers of depression - will better help you define what you or someone you know might be experiencing.

Recurrent depression, also known as major depressive disorder, major depression, clinical depression or unipolar disorder, makes everyday living exceptionally difficult due to overwhelmingly negative feelings such as anxiety, undue frustration, sadness and hopelessness.

Normal and even usually pleasurable activities become distasteful, or at least do not illicit the same enjoyment as they used to.

Persistent depressive disorder is defined when the above-mentioned feelings continue for more than two years.

Other types of depression include:

  1. Seasonal affective disorder (occurs during months with daylight hours)
  2. Postpartum depression
  3. Psychotic depression disorder (depression alongside irrational beliefs, hallucinations or other disorders
  4. And more

Regardless of the type of depression, many of the symptoms are similar. In addition to feelings of sadness and hopelessness, depression can also include:

  1. Inexplicable aches and pains that don't lessen with treatment
  2. Decreased interest in formerly enjoyable activities
  3. Suicidal thoughts (or actual attempts)
  4. Persistent fatigue
  5. Difficulty in making decisions, large or small
  6. Difficulty concentrating or focusing on detailed work
  7. Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  8. Irritability and bouts of extreme anger
  9. Difficulty falling asleep or waking up
  10. Loss of appetite or overeating
  11. Slowed thinking

How Do I Know if I am Depressed?

The following questions cannot confirm whether you have depression. However, if you answer "yes" to more than three of the items below, you might be experiencing clinical depression.

Take an internal inventory and answer these questions honestly:

  1. Are you bothered by things that didn't used to bother you?
  2. Are you experiencing an increase in physical aches or pains?
  3. Are you having trouble falling asleep; or waking up early, unable to fall back asleep?
  4. Do you feel down most of the day, most days?
  5. Has your appetite or weight recently changed?
  6. Are you having any problems concentrating?
  7. Do simple daily tasks seem to take a large effort to complete?
  8. Does the future seem dark or unpleasant?
  9. Do you feel alone, or have you been withdrawing from others?
  10. Have your hobbies or pastimes become not pleasurable?

Depression Causes and Treatments

For depression, there is no key demographic. Anyone is susceptible to the seduction of self-doubt, regardless of creed, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic standing.

All types of thing can trigger depression, whether short- or long-term, including genetics, trauma, psychological temperament and environmental pressures.

The cause for an individual's depression isn't always clear, and sometimes it's a complex network of triggers that have created a perfect storm of unhealthy, negative thought patterns. In any case, the most important thing is that you or the person you love receives treatment.

This isn't a simple case of "the blues." Depression is a serious disorder that often cannot be overcome without external help. The sooner care is sought, the sooner the journey to recovery can begin.

Are you ready to talk about depression counseling in Boston?

If you find yourself answering "yes" to three or more of the questions from above, you may be experiencing major clinical depression. Help is available. You can call Thrive Boston Counseling at 617-395-5806. A Thrive Boston Counselor is available to talk with you today.

Our practice is different from many other counseling practices in the Boston area. In addition to our clinicians appearing in many trusted news outlets like CNN, Mashable, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Prevention and more, they accept most major insurance providers.

Also, when you call, you won't reach a voicemail. You'll talk to one of our friendly scheduling specialists who will make sure you get the care you need when you need it: Many of our first-time clients have their first appointment within 24 hours of your call to us.

Depression is a burden too overwhelming to carry on your own. Contact Thrive Boston Depression Counseling and find a way to live a life of meaning and fulfillment, a life of thriving.