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Depression Counseling in Ohio

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders — and one that we help our patients successfully manage each and every day. KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry has caring, licensed mental health professionals who are experienced in helping people with depression, which you can learn more about below.

What Is Depression?

Everyone feels sad from time to time, but depression is more than just “feeling the blues.” It’s an intense, persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in life. It affects how you feel, think, and act, and can make normal activities seem difficult or impossible.

Depression isn’t just “being lazy,” and those suffering from it can’t simply “snap out of it,” because it’s a deep-seated medical condition. It often requires consistent, long-term treatment, usually with medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.

Types of Depression

There are different types of depression, and each person is affected differently. Some of the most common variants of depression include:

Major depressive disorder (MDD)

This is the most common form of depression. Deep, ongoing sadness makes it hard to perform simple tasks, and can lead to thoughts of self-harm.

Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

Depression that lasts for at least two years. There may be periods of less severe symptoms, but no true end.

Seasonal affective disorder

Depression related to the colder, darker winter months. Social withdrawal, increased sleep, and weight gain are all common with this type of depression.

Postpartum depression

Depression that goes beyond the mild “baby blues” many women experience after birth. It can make it difficult for new mothers to care for their babies.

Psychotic depression

Psychosis coupled with depression. Psychosis-induced hallucinations are usually tinged by feelings of despair, inadequacy, or guilt, and increase the risk of self-harm.

Bipolar disorder

While not a depression, it causes depressive episodes. However, it also causes extreme highs as well, moods known as mania or hypomania.

No two people experience depression in the same way. Symptoms typically persist throughout the day, for nearly every day, and may include:

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or loneliness
  • Outbursts of anger, irritability, or frustration, even over small matters
  • Lack of interest or pleasure in normal activities, including hobbies and sex
  • Tiredness and a lack of energy that makes even small tasks seem too difficult
  • Unhealthy sleep habits, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Diet changes, including an increased or reduced appetite
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Slowed or muddled thinking, speaking, or movement
  • Trouble thinking, making decisions, and remembering things
  • Feelings of blame, worthlessness, or guilt
  • Suicidal ideation
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Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, and though we aren’t sure exactly how or why people develop depression, research suggests a combination of factors including biological, genetic, environmental, and psychological.

There are circumstances that seem more likely to lead to depression, or even increase its severity, including:

  • A family history of depression.
  • Major life trauma, stress, or changes.
  • Certain physical illnesses or medications.
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Signs & Symptoms of Depression

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  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or loneliness
  • Outbursts of anger, irritability, or frustration, even over small matters
  • Lack of interest or pleasure in normal activities, including hobbies and sex
  • Tiredness and a lack of energy that makes even small tasks seem too difficult
  • Unhealthy sleep habits, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Diet changes, including an increased or reduced appetite
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Slowed or muddled thinking, speaking, or movement
  • Trouble thinking, making decisions, and remembering things
  • Feelings of blame, worthlessness, or guilt
  • Suicidal ideation

Causes & Risk Factors of Depression

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Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, and though we aren’t sure exactly how or why people develop depression, research suggests a combination of factors including biological, genetic, environmental, and psychological.


There are circumstances that seem more likely to lead to depression, or even increase its severity, including:

  • A family history of depression.
  • Major life trauma, stress, or changes.
  • Certain physical illnesses or medications.

Long-Term Effects of Depression

Depression can have a devastating effect on all aspects of your life. People with depression may find it impossible to complete even simple daily tasks required for living, such as personal hygiene or good nutrition. It can cause problems by keeping you from social interactions or fulfilling responsibilities such as work. If left untreated, depression can also worsen and cause people suffering with it to think intensely negative thoughts about themselves, and in some cases leads to self-harm or even suicide.

Depression Counseling & Treatment with KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry

KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry’s team of certified depression doctors and licensed counselors create an individualized treatment plan for each patient that accounts for their unique needs. Our mental health experts combine psychiatric medication with counseling, therapy, and our convenient telehealth option to find the best treatment for everyone’s case and lifestyle.

We provide a safe, supportive environment for patients to work with our staff, connect with others with similar experiences, address the underlying causes of their depression, and find meaningful ways to cope with its symptoms and live happier, more productive lives. Patients will never feel rushed or hurried with us, because our team works with them at their own pace to develop healthy mechanisms for dealing with their depression. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you or someone you love find lasting relief from depression.

Testimonials

“This place has been a blessing from day one. As a mother of 3, it’s not always the easiest to get away from the kiddos. I love the fact that I don’t have to leave my home to meet with my therapist. The online counseling aspect is really convenient and was honestly the only way for me to get the help I needed. I plan on continuing my monthly sessions because I keep seeing more growth and positive change in myself each time.”

– A.T.
“Depression controlled my life for a very long time, and up until a few months ago I was hopeless of that ever changing. KAV helped me find balance again. They helped me find peace. I rediscovered what being happy feels like. Though I still have bad days, I now have the tools and support systems to get me through them. I finally feel in control of my life again, and for that I am grateful.”

– J.C.
“I started feeling really anxious and depressed after the birth of my first child, which was when one of my close friends told me about KAV. My first visit with the doctor was great. She asked me a lot of questions, was super attentive, and gave me the time to talk through my issues. I could tell that she genuinely cared about trying to help me. We talked about different medication options and she suggested therapy. I was hesitant at first, but I’m really glad I said yes because my counselor has really helped me explore all this new anxiety. It changes every day with a baby, but I do feel like I’m in such a better place now, and so much more available for my daughter.”

-E.M.
“Pain pills took me down a really dark path for many years. I’ve been to rehab several times, but could never stay clean for long after I got out. I thank the doctors and counselors at KAV every day for helping me turn my life around. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve been sober for 14 months and have the belief in myself that it will stay that way. Most importantly, I can be the father and husband my family needs. Thank you KAV — you all truly saved my life!!!”

– J.K.
“Paying attention for long periods of time has been a struggle for as long as I can remember. It’s made things like school…relationships…holding down a job…etc pretty tough. Prior to coming here I’d heard of ADHD but never really looked into it…but after just a few visits my doctor and counselor helped me better understand it and get it under control. It’s been a really good experience so far…I only wish I would’ve pursued getting help like this sooner.”

– L.B.