Living with depression makes each day feel like a mountain you have to climb. When depression is choking all the joy out of your life, licensed professional counselor Jessica Sanchez, LPC, can help. Jessica offers virtual visits using secure video conferencing from her base in Beaumont, Texas. She uses a variety of talk therapies to deal with the root of your depression and help you manage your symptoms. Call Jessica Sanchez today or book an appointment online to find out how her expertise can help lift your depression.
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a condition where you feel constantly low, hopeless, and worthless. It often starts as a mild disorder. But without expert treatment, depression can develop into a severe illness that can put your life at risk.
Depression is also a symptom of mental health problems like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, and personality disorders. People with anxiety disorders also tend to struggle with depression.
Depression symptoms vary between people. Some sleep far more than usual; others get very little sleep. Both a loss of appetite and overeating are symptoms of depression. Other symptoms include:
Emotions like guilt, shame, and self-loathing take over when you have depression. Your days become a series of challenges that often seem impossible to achieve. The nights might be long and lonely. Your mind shapes everything you see, hear, and read into something negative.
People often turn to alcohol or drugs to numb the emotional pain, making depression worse.
You can get depression for many reasons. Your genes might increase your risk of depression. Or you might experience a life-changing event like a death in the family or a job loss that triggers depression. Long-term health problems, severe stress, and financial difficulties can also cause depression. Sometimes, depression has no obvious trigger.
There’s still plenty to learn about what causes depression, but research shows a link to brain chemical imbalances. Chemicals called neurotransmitters play a critical role in mood, and people with depression often have low levels of certain neurotransmitters. What isn’t clear is whether the low neurotransmitter levels cause depression or result from it.
Many people with depression — especially when it’s severe — benefit from taking antidepressant medication. These medicines restore balance to the chemicals in your brain. But on their own, medications aren’t enough.
Talk therapy is vital for anyone with depression. Licensed professional counselor Jessica Sanchez excels at helping people with depression. Her techniques are so effective that many patients (especially those with mild to moderate depression) don’t need medication.
Jessica uses talk therapy in several ways. Interpersonal therapy involves discussing your feelings and finding their root cause. A common one is an unresolved trauma that Jessica helps you work through in a safe environment. Once processed correctly, these problems lose their hold over you.
Another approach Jessica uses is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a practical treatment that shows you how to challenge the negative beliefs depression causes.
Call Jessica Sanchez today or book an appointment online to find the right therapy for you. Consultations take place remotely using secure Zoom video conferencing.