Haven’t been feeling yourself lately? Feel out of touch with the world around you? If so, you may be in the midst of a depressive episode. This is a common occurrence for people with depression, and it is something that can be managed with proper treatment. In this guide, we will explain what a depressive episode is, signs of a depressive episode, and the treatment options available to you.
What Is a Depressive Episode?
Depression often comes in waves. For some, it is a daily struggle. For others, it is an intermittent feeling of sadness and withdrawal. A depressive episode is a time of heightened depression symptoms. This may occur during a certain time of the year (usually winter), or it may occur at random throughout the month. The experience varies from person to person. No matter how frequent your depressive episodes may be, there is help available for you.
Signs of a Depressive Episode
Since depression is a unique experience, the signs of a depressive episode will be different for each person. Here are some symptoms you may experience:
- Social withdrawal
- Fatigue, lethargy, and a general lack of energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of motivation
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping more or less than usual)
- Feelings of sadness, hopelessness or helplessness
- A persistent negative outlook
Many of our depression counseling clients say they simply feel ‘off’ or ‘in a funk.’ One client described her depressive episode as follows: “You know how you can dm the screen on a smartphone? It feels like someone has just dimmed the screen on my life. I still function the same, but everything seems a little duller.”
If you are going through a similar experience, know that you are not alone. Our depression counselors can help you find personalized solutions to get out of the depressive episode and prevent new ones in the future.
How to Treat a Depressive Episode
If you think you’re in the midst of a depressive episode, do not worry. There are many depression treatment options that can help you get out of the ‘funk.’ We recommend working with a depression counselor so you can receive one-on-one treatment tailored to your needs. Your therapist can help you find the source of your depression, your triggers for depressive episodes, and healthy coping strategies that fit your lifestyle.
Depression treatment may include counseling, psychiatry, or a combination of the two. Some clients receive depression medication for a short period of time, while others require it for long-term treatment. Your therapist and psychiatrist will work together to find the best treatment path for you. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about depression treatment, contact one of our eight counseling centers in Michigan.