Have you recently been experiencing increased sadness or a loss of interest in things you used to find enjoyable? Does life increasingly feeling like a struggle and take you considerable amounts of energy to get things done or just get through the day? If so, you may be experiencing depression; a common but treatable condition that has a variety of emotional and physical symptoms that interfere with your ability to function and thrive.
Depression can vary in severity, duration and the symptoms may include:
- Feeling down, chronic sadness, or hopeless
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt that can develop into self-harm or suicidal thoughts
- Loss of interest in doing things that you used to enjoy
- Feeling tired and having little energy
- Engagement in destructive self-soothing behavior like substance use, disordered eating or self-harm
- Difficulty sleeping (too little or too much)
- Changes in appetite like overeating or excessive fasting
- Observable changes in physical behavior like withdrawal from social interactions, increased irritability, slowed movements and speech
- Difficulty concentrating, making decisions and lacking sense of purpose or direction.
“If left untreated, depression can infiltrate and negatively affect even your work/school life and interpersonal relationships. “
How can a therapist help you with your depression?
Although feelings of occasional sadness are a normal part of life and something most of us experience from time to time, depression is different. Clinical depression is longer lasting and reveals feelings or sadness, hopelessness and dread that persist and begin to greatly impact your ability to function on a daily basis. If left untreated, depression can infiltrate and negatively affect even your work/school life and interpersonal relationships. If this resonates with you, you are not alone! An estimated 21million American adults have experienced major depression making it one of the leading causes of disability. Those struggling with depression often benefit greatly from individual psychotherapy. The good news is that the American Psychological Association reports that depression is among the most treatable mental health conditions with an over 80% success rate!
Our clinicians utilize the following therapies to assist clients on their healing journey:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Systemic Family Therapy
- Mindfulness based therapies
There is HOPE for recovery from depression and you don’t have to go through the healing process alone. We will help you reconnect with your inner sense of peace so that you can enjoy your life and relationships again, rediscover joy and feel hopeful about the future.