How Do I Find A Good Depression Therapist?
Updated January 03, 2020
Medically Reviewed By: Lauren Guilbeault
If you're struggling with depression, you know how difficult it can be just to get through a single day. It seems like everything is conspiring against you and you just don't know how to push yourself through. Fortunately, you don't have to continue to live like that. There are ways to help yourself work through those problems and start to overcome the kind of life you currently have. You can live a healthy and happy life, but it's going to take hard work, and it's going to require you to put some effort into it. You won't be able to get there easily, and you're not going to do it alone.
What Is Depression?
Where many people think that someone who is depressed feels sad all the time that's not necessarily the case. In fact, someone with depression may have entire days that feel great or 'normal' and then several days that feel awful. Depression, unfortunately, is a disorder that wears on you. You may feel like everything is great again and your depression is gone only to be hit even harder the next day or even in the next hour or minutes. It can sneak up on you, and it can make you feel a whole lot more than just sad.
Sadness or feelings of depression are just one of the parts that you need to watch out for. A lack of interest in activities or events that were once liked or changes to appetite including weight loss or weight gain, difficulty getting the right amount of sleep (sleeping too much or too little), increased tiredness, lack of energy and slowed movements can all be signs. Feelings of guilt or even worthlessness, trouble with decision making or thinking or even concentrating and thoughts about death or suicide are extremely important things to watch out for as well.
To be diagnosed with depression an individual must experience some combination of these symptoms (though not all of them need to be present) for at least two weeks. Once a diagnosis is made, however, it's time to start with the rest of the program and to start working with the person (that's you) on how to improve their lives and to make them feel like they are a part of it again. Your depression doesn't need to be in control, and it shouldn't be in control.
Finding A Good Depression Therapist
Once you're pretty sure you have depression you should seek out a therapist. Even if you don't know whether your troubles are considered depression you should seek out professional help. Finding a professional, however, can be difficult to do if you have never had a therapist before. You may not know what you're looking for or you may not know how to check if a therapist is going to be a good one. Well, it's important to note that recommendations, reviews and even education and accreditation only mean so much when choosing your therapist.
Those factors can help you narrow down some of the choices, but your number one way of choosing the right therapist is going to be how you feel about them. A therapist needs to know what they are doing, but you also need someone that you can feel comfortable with, and that is going to require you to talk to a few people. Just having a conversation with them may be enough to let you know how you feel and if you click well with them. If you do, then you may want to try a session. If you don't, it's a good idea to move on to someone else.
Getting Depression Help
Getting help for your depression is going to require you to put a lot of work and effort into the process. If you don't feel comfortable with your therapist you're not going to be inclined to open up to them and if you're not completely open and honest about the things you're experiencing and feeling you're going to have a hard time getting the help that you need. After all, how can they help you through your experiences and situation if they don't understand what it is you're going through?
Whatever you're thinking or feeling there is help for you. There is hope for you and a future for you. There are people out there who love you and want you to succeed, and your therapist is going to step in for those people during your sessions. But your therapist is also going to be a sounding board for you. That means you don't have to worry about hurting their feelings like you might if you told your partner that you feel like ending your life. You don't have to worry about sounding 'ungrateful' when you explain that you come from an excellent background, but you just don't feel happy.
Your therapist isn't going to judge you, because the way you think and feel is something personal to you and it's not something that anyone else can truly understand unless they've been in your position. By working with a therapist, you'll be able to work your way through some of these negative feelings, and you'll be able to help yourself move on with your life in a better way, in the way that you want to be moving forward.
The Help You Need
If you're not sure where to turn to find the help that you're looking for you're not alone. Many people struggle to find a therapist, either because they don't feel comfortable with the ones around them or because they don't want the stigma of walking into an office that everyone knows it therapy. But the help you need is out there in a different way. Online therapy. With online therapy, like MyTherapist, you'll be able to find out more about the options and different types of mental health conditions. You'll also be able to find a therapist that may be located anywhere in the country, but who you can talk to directly online, without ever needing a physical office.