Depression symptoms can affect all areas of life including personal, social, educational, and occupational.
Depressive disorders range from Dysthymia, Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. Symptoms can include; low mood, low self-esteem, loss of interest in activities, low energy, ruminating, feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, poor concentration and memory, and suicidal ideation.
In Bipolar Disorder clients can shift between bouts of depression and episodes of mania which can include feeling euphoric, irritable, inability to sleep, grandiosity and can even lead to hallucinations and delusions.
The treatment for depression includes supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and possibly medication treatment. Should psychiatric care be required your therapist will link you to a local psychiatrist for a medication evaluation.
Helpful Resources: Feeling Good; The New Mood Therapy by David Burns, M.D., The Mindful Way Through Depression; Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl and www.dbtselfhelp.com.