Depression Counseling Can Help You Feel Vital Again
Depression drains your joy and makes enjoying life tough.
Don’t You Wish You Could Just Feel Better?
How is depression affecting you? Do you often feel lonely, powerless, sad, drained? You are doing your best, but the disease of depression can be a tough adversary. Maybe depression weighs you down with pessimism. You feel discouraged. You think that nothing will ever really change. You feel like you are in a funk, the world looks grey… your motivation slides downhill...and you just don’t care much anymore. You are apathetic: there is a spark of enthusiasm that seems to have faded. If you are depressed it’s also likely that your self-esteem has tanked. You feel as though you’re broken, flawed or not as good as everyone else. If that’s how you are doing, it might be time to seek depression counseling.
The Burden Of Your Depression Can Be Lifted
Depression is a burden. It can overwhelm you, and convince you that there is nothing you can do to ever climb out of the muck. It can entrance you into believing that nothing will ever make your life feel better. Or, it saps your interest in everything including those people and activities that used to fill you with happiness. But when you allow yourself to receive the right support and guidance, all that can change. You can have recovery from depression.
Depression sneaks around. It makes stuff that should be fun and interesting, feel like a drag. You try, but your mood blocks you from rallying your energy. You plod through work, school and hobbies that have lost their luster. And that might not make sense to you. You may not understand why you feel bad. You might think that all your accomplishments should be good enough, but they aren’t. You think you should feel ok, but you don’t. Thankfully, regardless of the cause of depression, those symptoms can heal too.
Depression Is Not Your Fault
Negative thoughts repeat when you are depressed. And, the noise they create, makes it hard to get through the day. All you want is to feel good about yourself. All you want is relief from the pain that’s ever-present. But when left untreated, the thing about depression is this: its effect seeps into your heart and head, increasing feelings of sadness and anxiety, and hurting your relationships with loved ones.
Depression convinces you to hide away from life. It frightens you by cautioning you to avoid people or conversations because of the risk that you’ll be exposed. It floods you with worry that you’ll be asked too many questions because you don’t want to let on that anything is “wrong.” So, you avoid activities with others because they sound draining or you worry someone might discover the problems you’re having.
Depression disrupts your sleep. It’s one of the most common signs of depression. You may be either getting too much or too little. Depression symptoms are more than just feeling sad. They are a barrage of thoughts and feelings that cycle through your mind with no end in sight, no reprieve to the negativity.
Depression. It’s Common – You Are Not Alone!
About 7.4% of adults at any given time are suffering with depression, and it is the leading cause of disability all around the globe. Even though we live in a socially and technologically connected world, social isolation has actually increased dramatically in the US over the last 25 years. Studies have shown decreased involvement in community groups, social groups and volunteer groups. This decreased involvement has led to the increase of loneliness and social isolation. As human beings, we aren’t meant to be so separated from others, we’re meant to be social and connect. It’s an ironic outcome. Technology has made it easier than ever to communicate with other people but made “real world” relationships harder to come by.
If you’re experiencing depression symptoms, know that you are not alone and you don’t have to go through this by yourself. Therapy for depression can lift your mood
Depression Treatment = A Step Towards Wellness
Getting the right treatment: It’s essential in your recovery from depression. While many people experiencing symptoms of depression avoid therapy, avoiding problems can only last so long. Some believe a drug can fix the problem. And while that can certainly help with the right prescription drug – it’s not the cure-all. In fact, studies show that when psychiatric drugs help depressed people, it usually only helps the most severely depressed.
What Depression Counseling Does:
Depression treatment gives you the space to connect, get real and talk with someone experienced in helping people overcome even severe depression. It breaks the isolation you may be experiencing and provides a sounding board for you to verbalize everything you’re feeling. You can say that receiving support is fundamental to recovering from depression.
Having a licensed professional therapist work with you is crucial. Therapy for depression aids you in discovering your habitual thinking patterns. It shines a light on your habitual ways of believing. It helps you notice and change actions that keep you in a depressed state of mind. Many times, depression is serving a function in your life and you may not even be aware of it. Depression therapy can help get underneath the depression and to the very source of it. Effective depression counseling is more than just “talking it out.” Good therapy liberates.
Jumpstart Your Life. Make A Healthy Change. Get Counseling For Depression
Acceptance, respect and guidance. Our relationship is a space for you to be comfortable knowing that you can be open. You can be truthful about what’s going on in your life and what brought you to seek help. I’ll partner with you in our relationship as therapist and patient.
Together, we will carve out an action plan. We’ll brainstorm and come up with activities that you can take that will support your recovery from depression. You will master tools and techniques to help identify thoughts, beliefs and assumptions that keep you depressed and stymie healing. We help you identify depression symptoms, so that you can stave off a relapse at the first signs of depression.
Because everyone is different, no two recovery plans look alike. Your therapy for depression is tailored to you, what you need and what you can apply in your everyday life. I offer a judgment-free, safe environment where I’ll encourage you to take action and go forward. You can be on the way to healing once and for all.
In over 20 years of experience of providing therapy for depression, I’ve seen patients bounce back and gain a true recovery from depression. No matter how long they’ve been in that depressive state or what the obstacles are, I’ve seen depression fade away, recover and I have seen patients stride into joyful, energized lives.
You Might Think That Depression Counseling Is Unnecessary…And You’d Be Making A Mistake
Don’t make the mistake of avoiding depression therapy. Research shows that depression relapse is typical. It’s as if the brain can get stuck in a groove. The brain seems to learn how to be depressed. Relapse rates skyrocket for those who avoid depression counseling. They are particularly bad for patients who choose only to take psychiatric drugs as depression treatment. In fact, patients who take only drugs for depression are 2.6 times more likely to relapse into depression within 1 year. So if you want recovery from depression, therapy is essential.
Many people suffering from depression reject the idea of getting help. Some are still asking themselves, “Am I really depressed or am I just sad right now?” Others feel it’s just too nerve-wracking and scary to seek help. Their fear holds them back. To them, depression treatment means admitting that something is wrong or something is wrong with them. It’s the fear that they may be seen as weak. In a culture that tells us everything should be perfect and people should be strong, getting help for depression may seem like such a big step to take or like “opening a big can of worms.”
Some people think they can get through it on their own or feel like they don’t need anyone. While there are always things we can do on our own, there are some things where we need guidance and support. Especially for something like depression – trying to do it on your own can lead to further isolation.
It does take courage to admit to needing help, but sometimes, that is the biggest and most important step you can take in learning to deal with and recover from depression. It’s important to break the taboo of thinking you’re supposed to be fine and not admit there is a problem or that you’re scared. Getting help is one of the bravest, most responsible steps you can take.
But there is another factor that might interfere with seeking therapy for depression; it’s depression itself. If you are depressed, it’s likely that you are feeling hopeless and pessimistic. You might believe that there is nothing that works, that you are powerless, or that you are fundamentally flawed. Heck, even T.V. commercials will try to convince you that you are powerless over your “chemical imbalance.”
Contact Me. Take The Step Towards Depression Recovery and Depression Counseling
You long for relief. The symptoms of depression can get better and even fade away completely. I encourage you to take that first step towards healing. Imagine what it’s like to feel better.
The next steps won’t be by yourself, I’ll be there to offer support and encouragement. Please visit my contact page. I invite you to fill out the form and then we can schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation.