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 Glenn Bigonet, M.A.

Mental Health Counselor

EFT Couples Therapist

 

617-462-6642

gbigonet@icloud.com

           

 

Depression

 

What is Depression?

Depression is a normal emotional state that everyone experiences at different times in their lives. Often it is short lived but other times it can seem to hang on for a while or become chronic. Symptoms of depression include:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

Not everyone experiences all these symptoms and different people experience the symptoms to different degrees. Although they are normal at different times in our lives, if they become persistent or overwhelming then depression becomes a more serious problem that needs to be addressed.

My Approach in Working with Depression

The most common approach for dealing with depression is medication. At times I agree that medications are a good tool for helping a client improve their mood so they can improve their overall functioning. In these cases I will refer you to an appropriate medical professional who can prescribe you the medication that is best suited for you.

Many times clients do not need to go on medications and even if medications are indicated I have found that it is best to address the root causes of your depression so that in the long run you can function at a healthy level with no medications. Sometimes we are able to address the root causes of your depression by talking about your life circumstances and giving you new tools and ideas to help you address the areas where you are challenged. Other times I find hypnotherapy to be quite effective in identifying and minimizing the effects of the causes of your depression. Often a combination of traditional talk therapy and hypnotherapy is most effective.

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