Specializations

Depression


Most people have felt sad or depressed at times. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or an injured self-esteem.

An ongoing depressed or hopeless mood, physical discomfort, fatigue and overwhelming sadness or a profound sense of loss are signs of depression.

There is hope. If you feel you may be experiencing depression, anxiety, emotional exhaustion, thoughts of suicide, or feelings of hopelessness, talk with a trained counselor about your situation.

To schedule an appointment, call 888.881.8261

An LSS counselor can help you develop a plan for coping with your feelings and support you on your journey to wellness. 

If you feel trapped on an uncontrollable path of personal stressors and professional demands and obligations, you are not alone. Research shows that seven out of ten adults feel overwhelmed, stressed or anxious daily.

An ongoing depressed or hopeless mood, physical discomfort, fatigue and overwhelming sadness or a profound sense of loss are the signs of Depression. 

There is hope. If these feelings linger or intensify, you may want to consider seeking assistance from a trained counselor.


Symptoms

The diagnosis of depression occurs when you have at least five of the following nine symptoms at the same time:

  • a depressed mood during most of the day, particularly in the morning
  • fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
  • feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
  • impaired concentration, indecisiveness
  • insomnia (trouble sleeping) or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
  • markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day
  • recurring thoughts of death or suicide (thinking about death without fear of it)
  • a intense sense of restlessness or agitation -- or feeling groggy and slow
  • significant weight loss or gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month)


Treatment

The role of therapy in treating clinical depression is to help you develop and gain control of coping strategies that help deal with everyday stressors.

Many studies support the idea that psychotherapy can be a powerful treatment for depression. Studies have found that combining depression medicine, such as antidepressants with therapy can be particularly effective. A review published in the Archives of General Psychiatry concluded that therapy combined with antidepressants worked better than depression medicine alone. Therapy can support you to use your medications properly to improve and sustain an improved mood.

LSS Counseling has MD consultation available at many sites and also has close referral options to engage you in seeing a physician for medications that will help your treatment and outcomes.