Guidance, Counseling and Treatment for Depression
Depression is a condition that affects nearly 15 million American adults, and is more than just sadness. Those suffering from depression may feel despair, hopelessness, and lack of motivation or enthusiasm for life, for prolonged periods, and sometimes without an obvious cause. Such intense negative feelings may interfere with the sufferer’s daily life and ability to perform tasks, and if allowed to go untreated, may lead them to harm themselves or even take their lives. It is imperative to seek treatment for this condition before it can reach these potentially damaging stages.
Most symptoms of depression are not something that can be seen physically or tested for in a laboratory.
The most effective way for any professional to diagnose this problem is an earnest discussion with their patient, about their moods, behaviors, and lifestyle. Because this information is so vital to accurate diagnosis and necessary treatment, it’s important that the patient not withhold troubling thoughts or emotional issues, even if they don’t seem important to them, and especially if they are very serious, such as any thoughts of suicide.
Fellowship, Guidance, Counseling and Treatment
Sometimes, our brothers and sisters in Christ find it difficult to accept that their anxiety or depression is a medical issue. Some may experience guilt, feeling that they are to blame for their inescapable feelings, and while sinful activity may worsen such problems, there is no inherent sin in simply suffering from their depression. Allowing their shame to silence them about their struggle will only let the problem take root in their lives. The counselors of Patricia M. Wright offer not only Christian fellowship and guidance, but the highest professional standard of counseling and treatment, to confront problems on both a spiritual and soundly medical level, utilizing all the resources that God has provided.
Screening for depression is just the first step to helping the sufferer’s condition improve. Medication may be prescribed to depression sufferers, such as antidepressants, which assist in regulating chemicals like norepinephrine and serotonin in your brain, helping to reduce abnormally negative moods. Such medications may be used in tandem with extensive therapy to deal with major depression. Any counseling offered by the counselors of Patricia M. Wright, PhD will adhere to Biblical, Christian values and standards. We recognize that true healing can only be achieved through the presence and grace of God.