Depression affects millions of people each year. The persistent sadness is pervasive and finds its way into every area of your life. But there is hope.

At Rowlett Christian Counseling in Texas, we offer Christian counseling services that reach into the abyss and help you find your way out. We combine methodology with faith in Jesus Christ to not only treat depression but to recover and heal.

Do I Have Depression?

Depression symptoms can range from mild sadness and lethargy to severe thoughts of self-harm or suicide. It is a mental health condition that can change quickly, so if you are suffering from depression, reach out for professional help today.

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? The guidelines for diagnosing depression count at least five of the following symptoms throughout a two-week period. Depressed mood or losing interest in the things and activities you enjoy are primary symptoms. You may have other symptoms like these:

  • Persistent sadness and depressed mood
  • Sleep changes (sleeping more or developing insomnia)
  • Feeling hopeless, guilty, or worthlessness
  • Losing interest in the pleasurable things or activities
  • Isolating yourself
  • Fatigue
  • Forgetting things, unable to concentrate, or distracted easily
  • Moving slower to a pace that others notice
  • Irritable or angry
  • Rapid weight loss or gain
  • Changes in appetite (either binge-eating or starving oneself)
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

Depression can result from many things, but it takes a professional to diagnose a depressive disorder or other mental health condition. Sometimes our thoughts can make us feel humiliation, shame, or even mortification to share with another individual. Our counselors are open, nonjudgmental, and know how to exemplify Christ’s love and grace.

If you believe you are depressed, contact us today to speak with a counselor.

Is There More Than One Depression Disorder?

Depression is much more complex than just one type. The following are common mental health disorders stemming from depression that we see regularly:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – This condition is marked by a persistent worry about things. The person with GAD may excessively worry about their family, friends, community, health, finances, and current events to the point of severe anxiety, depression, and panic attacks.

Seasonal Affective Disorder – This type of depression is more prevalent in areas with reduced sunlight. It affects people typically during the fall and winter months and is characterized by sadness, lethargy, sleep changes, and social anxiety.

Bipolar Depression – Bipolar depression has manic highs and depressive lows. Each stage may last weeks or months. Manic highs will have the person rushing around being productive and busy and maintaining a happy mood and high energy. Depressive lows are marked by fatigue, mood swings, appetite changes, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

Postpartum Depression – Hormones play a massive role in the female’s reproductive system. These hormones can dip after pregnancy and the birth of a child. During the postpartum phase (the months after childbirth), it is normal for a bit of sadness to creep in as new motherhood is sometimes stressful and brings about little sleep, pain and recovery from the birth, and a new routine with a newborn. However, when these symptoms become prolonged and pronounced to the point that you have difficulty bonding with your baby, you may be experiencing postpartum depression.

Persistent Depressive Disorder – This condition is characterized by low energy, little to no motivation, sleep, appetite changes, and feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Unlike major depression, this type is milder but can last for months.

Situational Depression – Although other types of depression may be brought on as a side effect to other conditions or medication, brain chemistry, or genetics, situational depression stems from an event in a person’s life. This depression settles in and is more extreme based on the traumatic event. Situational depression can appear during the first three months following the event. Since this depression falls under adjustment disorder, a counselor will work with you to resume your everyday activities.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder – Also known as PMDD, this disorder occurs around the time of the menstrual cycle. It is categorized based on the client experiencing at least five of the following symptoms:

  • loss of interest in things enjoyed
  • mood swings
  • inability to focus
  • anger
  • depression
  • insomnia or oversleeping
  • poor self-image
  • physical ailments

These symptoms must be present in almost all monthly periods for one year to be considered PMDD.

Psychotic Depression – Psychotic depression differs from the other types mentioned above as it refers to psychosis (a complete break from reality). Clients with psychotic depression may hear voices, experience delusions, or suffer from paranoia. Anger, fear, and shame are common emotions. This type of depression needs treatment right away to help free the person from this mental bondage.

We also work with clients diagnosed with other mental health conditions that lead to depression. Reach out to us today for a one-on-one introductory session to see how counseling can work for you.

What Can I Expect from Depression Treatment?

At Rowlett Christian Counseling, we take several different approaches to treating depression. Every client is given a personalized treatment plan. Your plan might include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, talk therapy, family or group therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – This treatment helps you reframe your negative thoughts, thus taking control of the emotions attached to those ideas and changing the resulting behaviors.
  • Talk Therapy – You will work one-on-one with a licensed mental health care worker to address the root of your depression and seek ways to get back to your life.
  • Family or Group Therapy – Both therapies offer support and encouragement for all the participants in a safe and confidential environment with a counselor present.
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy – This treatment helps you rebuild and deepen your relationships between family, friends, coworkers, and a significant other.
  • Psychodynamic Therapy – This therapy works to provide you with self-awareness and the ability to analyze your past, your choices, and your present behaviors to create a better future version of yourself.

The licensed counselors at Rowlett Christian Counseling work with you to create a plan to help you reframe your thoughts and change behaviors using the latest in psychology.

How Christian Counseling for Depression Can Help

God did not create you to live in a fearful or depressed state. He never intended for the people He loves to be bound by such emotions. At Rowlett Christian Counseling, we combine evidence-backed psychological methods with Scripture and the faith in following Jesus Christ to get to the root of depression and find ways to move forward.

We help you to:

  • Find interest in the things you used to love
  • Repair relationships and make new friendships
  • Step out socially and take control of anxiety
  • Change your negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
  • Overcome other feelings like guilt, shame, anger, or resentment
  • Work with a professional therapist in a safe environment
  • Rebuild self-confidence, self-worth, and courage
  • Draw closer to God

Christian counseling not only gives you the strength and tools to overcome but pulls you deeper into a relationship with Jesus, the only true healer, and source of joy.

What You Can Do Now

At Rowlett Christian Counseling, we offer individual, family, and group counseling sessions for those dealing with depression. We want to see you be victorious in Jesus Christ in every aspect of your life: physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational. It is time to stop allowing depression to control your body and mind. We have the solution and the support you need.

The counselors in Rowlett specialize in depressive disorders, and we have helped many people in your area find the strength to move forward in their life with Jesus’ mercy and power. Getting to the bottom of your depression can feel uncomfortable at first, and even painful at times, but you will feel lighter once we lift that burden from your shoulders. It takes perseverance and trust to make these changes, but we believe in you.

You can overcome depression when you reach out. Contact our reception team at Rowlett Christian Counseling to find help today. Call us today for a risk-free assessment and let us help you begin a new life in Christ.