Depression

Helping People Find Happiness and Peace Through Christian Counseling

Depression affects every aspect of a person’s life and it is a serious condition. Those who suffer from depression describe it as a feeling of hopelessness and emptiness and have no yearning to do the everyday things they loved doing. Those with depression are physically and mentally exhausted, isolated, and experience headaches, body aches, and illness. Depression can carry the stigma of being weak and that it should be controllable. Recommending that someone with depression “look on the bright side” is comparable to telling someone with diabetes to just “produce the needed insulin.”

Depression is a very real condition and may require professional treatment.

The feeling of hopelessness that accompanies depression can make you feel that you will never be free of the dark feeling that controls your everyday life. Christian counseling for depression can help to bring you out of the all-consuming darkness and propel you towards the peace and light of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Depression Is Given a Voice

A common medical condition, depression causes the highest disability globally. Unfortunately, those who do not suffer from depression do not understand what causes depression and what it is. Those who do not suffer from depression do not understand that the symptoms cannot be controlled. To better identify depression, here is what those who suffer from depression report about living with this misunderstood disease:

Depression makes it hard to concentrate. I am very forgetful like I am in a brain fog, and that makes my life difficult. There are days when I just feel so bad that I do not even want to do the things I always loved doing.

When I am depressed, it feels like I have a huge weight on my shoulders. I have no appetite, I have no energy to move, and all I want to do is lay in my bed and block out the world.

If you can relate to the above statements, understand that you are not alone and there is help available. At Santa Monica Christian Counseling, we are available to help you overcome the depression with solutions and support.

Am I Depressed?

Clinical depression is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms of depression, such as difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and changes in appetite, can be caused by other illnesses and stress. If you experience any of the symptoms and they are accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and sadness, it may be clinical depression. Your counselor will speak with you about your lifestyle and symptoms and rule out any physical complaints that can be attributed to your symptoms to provide the treatment that is as helpful as possible.

Symptoms of Clinical Depression

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Memory issues
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Low motivation
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Overeating
  • Digestive issues
  • Aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Suicidal thoughts

If you have been battling with symptoms of these kinds, contact the counselors at Santa Monica Christian Counseling and see if depression could be the root cause. No matter how big or small your symptoms are, it is always best to pursue professional help. Discovering ways to manage depression is possible with the help of counseling. With professional counseling, you can find strength, hope, and inner peace that God wants in your life.

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What Causes Depression?

Many things can cause depression. Christian counseling for your depression often begins with detecting the cause of depression. Once the cause is diagnosed, you can cope with the issues and are able to deal with depression in the future.

Common causes of clinical depression:

  • Genetics
  • Death
  • Conflict
  • Medications
  • Abuse
  • Illness
  • Major life events
  • Substance abuse

Depression’s Impact on Relationships and Life

Virtually every aspect of your life is touched by depression. Depression rips away at your physical and mental health, impedes your employment, makes you question your faith, and causes problems in relationships. Living daily with depression is so real that you feel like you may never break the bond and begin thinking it is a normal part of living. It is important to look closely at depression, and the effects it has on your life and how important it is to seek expert help.

Relationships and Depression

When you are depressed, it can cause overwhelming negative feelings and the darkness can be consuming. When these feelings happen, it is very hard to maintain relationships that are healthy. Overbearing sadness makes it hard to concentrate on anyone or anything. Symptoms like feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, and low sexual desire can damage your relationships. Learning how to better manage symptoms that allow you to reconnect can be done with Christian counseling. If you would like your partner or family to better understand depression and the causes, you might want to consider marriage Christian counseling.

Your Employment and Depression

Those who suffer from depression may have a tough time keeping a job. The symptoms of depression affect your productivity and can make it hard to want to get up in the morning. Although you may be fantastic at what you do, depression can cause job loss. Gaining control of depression is possible with the help of Christian counseling.

Your Body and Depression

Changes in the brain caused by depression can lead to many physical ailments such as the risk of heart attack, insomnia, low immunity, and aches and pains that persist. Individuals that enter Christian counseling for help with dealing with depression are excited about how well they feel physically once control is gained.

Faith and Depression

Questioning your faith, questioning God, feeling all alone, and battling hopelessness is common when dealing with depression. God has a special plan for you even though it may not feel like it. God’s word holds wonderful power for healing. With God’s word and expert counseling, you can discover the relief you have been searching for. While you are on your personal walk with our Lord, Christian counselors are here to offer support and help you to heal.

Treating Depression with Christian Counseling

God works miracles in your life all the time. Allowing Him to work through them, the counselors are led in how to approach each person. The faith-based team of counselors believes that much is to be gained through prayer, faith, and the study of God’s word. The cornerstone of recovery is Jesus Christ, and the counselors use a wide variety of treatment choices for depression that include support groups, antidepressants, nutrition, and exercise. Understanding what leads to the pattern of depression is important so that you can learn the triggers and develop good coping mechanisms.

Depression and the Benefit of Christian Counseling

Proven to help individuals with depression, counseling is important. Up to 80% of people who have been diagnosed with depression show improvement after seeking counseling or a support group for up to 6 weeks.

Christian counseling has benefits for depression including:

  • Dealing with and identifying the cause of depression
  • Coping with behaviors and thoughts that are negative
  • Finding support through counseling methods and faith
  • Learning how to build healthier relationships
  • Find relief from the emotional, spiritual, and physical symptoms caused by depression

Christian Counseling for Depression FAQ

Will my counselor keep my personal information confidential?

Yes, your counselor must keep your personal information confidential. When you speak with your counselor, no one will know what is discussed. Confidentiality will be discussed at your first meeting.

How many months will I be in counseling?

There is no timeline when it comes to Christian counseling. Every individual and case are different. After you meet with your counselor, you may receive an estimation of how many visits you will need.

Will my health insurance cover the cost of the counseling?

Many health insurance plans will provide coverage for counseling. It is best to contact your insurance provider for questions regarding coverage. We are happy to answer questions that pertain to depression counseling and insurance.

Christian counseling- what happens?

Christian counseling utilizes evidence-based methods and the healing power of God to help gain control over depression. Individual approaches are used by counselors, and we encourage people to browse the counselor profiles to learn more.

Contact us to begin your relief from depression.

If you are exhausted from trying to deal with the hold of depression, one of the counselors at Santa Monica Christian Counseling can offer viable solutions. Schedule your risk-free first session or give us a call and speak with one of the caring office staff.

Get Connected With a Christian Counselor
Contact Stacie at reception
424-361-6197