Identifying Depression Symptoms and Getting Help

May 22, 2019

When to Seek Out Counseling for Depression

Depression takes many forms. For people with depression symptoms, it’s often difficult to identify. Everyone can have a bad day or two. But if your mood keeps you from doing things you typically enjoy, you should seek help.

Picture of 30-year old male smiling. Getting help for depression. Let go of the pain. Hold on to Hope.For example, some symptoms include lack of energy, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, weight gain or loss and even thoughts of suicide. Major or clinical depression requires a diagnosis. If you’re experiencing any symptoms, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor. Your doctor can advise on medications or counseling.

What Causes Depression?

Depression is a very complex condition. There is no way to pinpoint exactly what causes it. But there are a number of things that may increase your chances of experiencing depression, including:

  • A major health issue
  • Death or loss
  • Family genetics
  • Substance abuse
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Major life changes
  • Medications

It may be any combination of these or other things. Some people experience the above and are very resilient. Others who find themselves more affected may require counseling, medication or both. By recognizing your own symptoms and seeking out help, you greatly increase your chances for success. With treatment, you can have a much more enjoyable life.

How Counseling Works

Counseling is really nothing to be afraid of. Depression, anxiety, panic and the many variations of these conditions are quite common. As we’ve learned more about depression, we’ve learned more about how to treat it. Counseling is of course, confidential. But seeking out counseling should never be anything to be ashamed of.

Your Lutheran Social Services counselor will work to explore the full range of your emotions, including feelings you may not even be aware of. Our experienced therapists offer many different types of therapy. You may need longer-term therapy. Most people experience more than one episode of depression. But don’t let that get in the way of feeling better.

At Lutheran Social Services our goal is always to help you live life to the fullest. Schedule an appointment online or call 855-334-2953 toll free. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.


Identifying Depression Symptoms and Getting Help

November 7, 2018

When to Seek Out Counseling for Depression

Depression takes many forms. For people with depression symptoms, it’s often difficult to identify. Everyone can have a bad day or two. But if your mood keeps you from doing things you typically enjoy, you should seek help.

Getting help for depression. Let go of the pain. Hold on to Hope.For example, some symptoms include lack of energy, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, weight gain or loss and even thoughts of suicide. Major or clinical depression requires a diagnosis. If you’re experiencing any symptoms, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor. Your doctor can advise on medications or counseling.

What Causes Depression?

Depression is a very complex condition. There is no way to pinpoint exactly what causes it. But there are a number of things that may increase your chances of experiencing depression, including:

  • A major health issue
  • Death or loss
  • Family genetics
  • Substance abuse
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Major life changes
  • Medications

It may be any combination of these or other things. Some people experience the above and are very resilient. Others who find themselves more affected may require counseling, medication or both. By recognizing your own symptoms and seeking out help, you greatly increase your chances for success. With treatment, you can have a much more enjoyable life.

How Counseling Works

Counseling is really nothing to be afraid of. Depression, anxiety, panic and the many variations of these conditions are quite common. As we’ve learned more about depression, we’ve learned more about how to treat it. Counseling is of course, confidential. But seeking out counseling should never be anything to be ashamed of.

Your Lutheran Social Services counselor will work to explore the full range of your emotions, including feelings you may not even be aware of. Our experienced therapists offer many different types of therapy. You may need longer-term therapy. Most people experience more than one episode of depression. But don’t let that get in the way of feeling better.

At Lutheran Social Services our goal is always to help you live life to the fullest. Schedule an appointment online or call 855-334-2953 toll free. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.


A Happier Holiday

December 16, 2015

holidaystressshrunk25Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year: Family, friends, lights, music, traditions of faith, and presents. It’s a time to show gratitude for the gifts that have been given.  At work it’s a time to decorate, extra treats in the break room and the annual holiday party.  With the joy of the season comes extra projects, changes in work and family schedules, more financial responsibilities and return of long lost friends and family members. Read the rest of this entry »


Counseling & Motorcycles: Therapy on Two Wheels

October 23, 2015
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Photo by freedigitalphotos.net

So, recently I learned how to ride a motorcycle. You may be wondering what on earth this has to do with counseling and I will tell you it has everything to do with counseling. I went in with the mindset that I wanted to learn for many reasons. However, one main reason was to challenge myself to try something out of my comfort zone. I realize that I preach day in and day out to people asking them to try things that are new and different for them, with the hope that by doing this they will see a change in their life. Read the rest of this entry »


Sparkle in Their Eyes: Being Mindful in the Moment

April 10, 2015

As spring is springing and birds are chirping, things can get a little busy and hectic. My to-do list grows like the grass and the budding trees. However, I am finding it more and more important to take a minute or 10 to stop and pay attention to the world around me. I recall a conversation I had about a year or so ago with a friend of mine who now has grandchildren of her own. We were talking about all this rat race business and she stated to me “I hope you don’t get so busy that you forget to notice the sparkle in your child’s eyes.” That statement has really stuck with me. Read the rest of this entry »


6 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship

February 13, 2015

Happy mature coupleValentine’s Day is a day that some people celebrate and a day that others tend to dread.  For everyone, it can be an important reminder to lift our relationships up and to think about the blessings our loved ones provide.  As a marriage therapist, and a spouse of 43 years, I remind myself that it is often the little things that matter most in a relationship.  The memories you share, the experiences you create, and the love you nurture on a daily basis provide the foundation for a lifetime of marriage.

There are some very simple guidelines to follow when you are in a relationship that, if you follow, will support the relationship through difficult times:

1. Agree on How to Disagree

One of the first ground rules is to agree on how to resolve conflicts so that they are managed with respect and result in some form of agreement.  There are several ways couples can chose to do this, but the common thread involves active listening and empathizing with your partner’s intentions, concerns and needs.  While disagreements can often turn animated, it is crucial that the respect for the other person’s thinking and feelings remain paramount.  According to research, about 75% of our marital conflicts are not solvable, yet that should not be the focus of the marriage.  You may have to let go of some expectations.  Your partner may not become the household chef, or share your standards of organization, but in letting go you gain something much richer than a good meal or an orderly home.

2. Give Technology a Break

Turn off technology at an agreed upon time in the evening when you are both home.  This includes everyone in the home, especially pre-teens and teens who want to text and play computer games.

3. Everyone Needs Their Rest

Go to bed at the same time so there is time to cuddle and relax several nights a week.  Ideally, there should be no technology in the bedroom – no TV, no phones, no computer and no paperwork from your job spread across the bed. If you have children, make sure they are in bed and getting the sleep they need.  They also should have no TV or computer games for 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime.

4. Schedule Time to Relax

As a couple you need to have relaxing time together for 90 minutes or more at least 3 nights a week.  Have evenings that you both agree are “low expectation nights.”  No “we have to talk” discussions should be held after the set relaxation time.  Instead, set a time for those discussions when you both have had time to think about how you can discuss the problem when you are both refreshed with sleep.  If you are sure you are right in a conflict and feel like the victim, you are probably wrong.  You are, in fact, 50% of the answer.

5. Plan a Date Night

Plan a date night every 2 weeks where you have time to relax and talk to each other.  This is a time for play, humor, sharing dreams and goals, and relaxing.  It is not the time to discuss parenting or marital issues.

6. Show a Little Tenderness

Bring kindness into your relationship.  Show that you are thinking about the other person when you are not together by what you do when you are together.  This is not about gifting, but about showing thoughtfulness to the other person.

These are just a few ideas for couples to consider in a relationship. It is important to remember that all relationships require time, resources and energy in order to grow.   Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or dread it, use the day as a reminder to reflect on your commitment and to enrich the love in your marriage.

If you are struggling with your relationship, the counseling staff at LSS can help. Call 1-855-334-2953 or visit www.counseling.lsssd.org to schedule an appointment.

Colleen Miller
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist


Happy Holiday?

December 2, 2014

For most of us, the holiday season brings back memories of our childhood and leads to excitement for time with family and friends.  Along with this excitement, the holiday season can also bring increased stress and worry.  As we move into the holiday season, it is good time to take stock and plan for the coming weeks.  Here are a few things to consider.   Read the rest of this entry »


LSS Makes it Easier to Ask for Help

August 8, 2013

They say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Whether people are experiencing depression, having a difficult time at work, struggling with relationship issues, or dealing with the loss of a loved one, taking the step to start counseling can be a difficult decision.

Photo courtesy of Flickr

Photo courtesy of Flickr

LSS Counseling Services recently restructured its intake process to make it easier for people to ask for help. Clients and referral sources can now call 1-855-334-2953 to access counseling services statewide. Read the rest of this entry »


How to Know if You’re Stressed

July 2, 2013

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Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic and alert. It helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration.

But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life. Read the rest of this entry »


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