Depression Help & Counseling
From Behavioral Health serving Metro New Orleans
Depression is one of the most common mental health illnesses in the world.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 264 million people experience depression. And in the US, where 18 million people experience this mental illness, Louisiana has experienced a sharp rise in the number of people diagnosed with the condition in the five-year period between 2014-2018.
In fact, our state has seen the second-largest increase in diagnosed cases of depression in the nation.
What Causes Depression?
On a scientific level, extreme or manic depression can be caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain. But there are many environmental factors that can trigger depression, including the loss of a loved one, financial stress, a job loss, experiencing trauma or a natural disaster, or recently giving birth (also known as postpartum depression).
Sometimes, depression just happens and there’s no recognizable cause for the depressive episode.
Depression Includes a Variety of Symptoms, and Counseling is Proven to Help
Whether you’ve already been diagnosed with this mental illness, or you suspect you are depressed, you’re likely already aware of the major symptoms, which include:
- A depressed or low mood that lasts for at least two weeks
- Trouble concentrating and making decisions
- Fatigue and sleep issues, such as insomnia
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and guilt
- Being irritable or restless
- Changes in your appetite, whether it be a suppressed or increased appetite
- Not finding enjoyment in the activities that you used to enjoy
- Not wanting to get out of bed in the morning
While depression is a difficult diagnosis to live with, the good news is that many who suffer from depression find help and relief by meeting regularly with a counselor.
In our New Orleans counseling practice, we have a variety of local mental health professionals who are experienced in helping patients navigate depression, improve their mood, and rediscover the joy in doing activities they used to find pleasurable.
We Know It May Be Hard to Ask for Help, But We’re Here for You
Too many New Orleans residents either deny they are experiencing depression, or try to endure their dysphoric moods on their own, without seeking the aid of an experienced counselor. Oftentimes, this is because some people in society, who aren’t knowledgable about the medicine and science behind depression, have stigmatized the condition.
When you’re feeling depressed, it’s not your fault. If you had, for example, a thyroid condition that needed treatment, you’d never blame yourself for having the condition. The same should be true for those experiencing depression or any other mental health condition.
We know it can be hard to ask for help, but our caring, professional team of counselors is here for you when you need us the most.
Contact Us for Depression Help Today
Whether you’ve had depression in the past or this is your first time experiencing this mental illness, our team of counselors is ready to help you. We know that each case of depression is unique, and that’s why we have a variety of counselors available to you, each of whom has their own unique experience. When you contact us for depression help, we listen to your individual situation and match you with the best counselor for your case.
To get depression help in New Orleans, call us today at (504) 302-7771 or fill out our online contact form.