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  • Sam DiFranco

Depression At Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL.

Have you ever felt sad, down, blue, or lonely? Did these feelings last for a day, two or did they last for a week or several weeks?  Feeling sad is a natural emotion people feel when something happens that people do not feel good about. Sadness is experienced when there is loss of a pet or family member, moving out of your house or relocating to another area, saying good bye to a good friend, not passing a class, or getting that job you really wanted. However, when this sadness last for longer periods than expected such as weeks or months, this is depression in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL. 

Depending on the circumstance or the event the occurred, a person might feel sad for days or a few weeks. When the sadness lasts longer than weeks, this may be depression in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL. If a person sad or down for months, or there is not circumstance or event that the person is feeling sad about, this might be depression. 

Symptoms of depression include:

  1. Depressed mood of the day

  2. Depressed mood nearly every day

  3. Decrease in appetite or increase in appetite

  4. Weight loss or weight gain

  5. Feeling tired

  6. Sleeping more

  7. Decrease interest in things you normally enjoy

  8. Feeling worthless, hopeless, lonely or feelings of guilt

  9. Difficulty concentrating

  10. Isolation

  11. Suicidal ideation

  12. Thoughts of self-harm/self-harm

  13. Feeling restless or agitated

  14. Decreased interest in intimacy

There are different types of depression in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, is experienced and classified. Depression symptoms range from mild, moderate to severe.  Depression can be a single episode or chronic episode. Types of depression are: major depression, persistent depression, Bipolar Disorder, postpartum depression, seasonal depression, situation depression, premenstrual dysphoric depression, disruptive mood deregulation disorder, atypical depression, and Psychotic depression. 

Each type of depression in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, has both similar and different symptoms. Some symptoms are experienced every day, some are experienced most days, some experienced some days, and some experienced in certain seasons. 

Charting your mood on a calendar can be helpful in learning how often you experience depression in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, if it is triggered by certain events, and times of the year In addition, charting your mood can be helpful in determining if there is a cycle. 

Coping skills

  1. Talking to a friend or family member

  2. Exercise

  3. Journaling

  4. Hobbies

  5. Going to a walk

  6. Positive affirmations

  7. Listening to upbeat music

  8. Social support

  9. Mindfulness

  10. Setting short-term goals

When people isolates themselves, this can make depression worse. Talking to a friend or family member can help brighten the day but just having a 15 minutes conversation. Exercise is helpful in increasing serotonin and endorphins. Journaling can be beneficial in getting your thoughts out of paper. Engaging in a hobby and positive affirmations can help improve self-esteem. Listening to upbeat music can aide in allowing positivity into your mind. Setting short-term goals helps with focus on the present and starting with small steps.

Depression affects everyone differently. Is your sadness affecting you at home, work, school or preventing you from doing things you normally enjoy? Do feel sad most of the time or at certain times of the year? If you are concerned about feeling down, or concerned if your depression is lasting longer than normal; Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, is here to help.


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