Do you feel lost, lonely or empty inside? Have you experienced a loss or endured a breakup that’s consuming your thoughts? Perhaps you’re a new parent having a hard time adjusting to life with a baby or young toddler. Or, maybe you experienced a miscarriage or are struggling with postpartum depression. Are you going through a transition in your life, and nothing seems stable and secure anymore? Is it hard to find meaning or happiness in activities that once brought you joy? Do you wish you could feel more connected to the people you care about or build meaningful relationships more easily? Are you tired of feeling sad, lethargic and pessimistic?
Whether you’ve been in a depression for 30 years or 30 seconds, depression can be an all-consuming, lonely experience. It can make you feel like there is no escape from the pain and sadness. You may feel hopeless and like you’re trapped at the bottom of a dark pit. To make matters worse, depression tends to diminish any motivation to try and change your situation. In other words, it can become a vicious cycle of gloom and negativity.
Depression Comes In Many Forms And Affects Millions
If you suffer from chronic depression, you are not alone.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 15-16% of Americans are diagnosed with depression at some point in their life, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 5% of the population, worldwide, is suffering from depression. In fact, the CDC also reports that, among Americans ages 15-44, depression is the leading cause of disability.
For countless people, depression manifests in thoughts and feelings of unworthiness. You may not feel like you’re good enough. Deep down inside, you may feel as if you don’t deserve to be happy. Or you might feel like your life is simply not the way you’d like it to be but you don’t know how to change it. The reasons for these feelings are different for everyone; they can be deep rooted or brought on by a specific life event. Negative messages that you may have heard over and over again can become so engrained in your mind that you start believing they’re true. You may have grown up in an abusive or unstable environment or had a controlling parent who made you feel insecure and unloved. You might be surprised by how many people are suffering from low self-esteem and self-hate. Even people who seem to have it all are often “white-knuckling” through life because they’re afraid of anyone finding out how much they’re really hurting.
Depression doesn’t just affect you. It can have a profound effect on your family and friends as well. They may feel cut off, scared or concerned for your safety and well-being. You may be self-medicating with drugs, sex or alcohol or even have thoughts of hurting yourself. This can be very scary and overwhelming. Your loved ones may want to help you, but not know how to go about it without making you feel worse than you already do.
All of this can sound pretty…well, depressing. But, there is always hope. If you’re ready to take your health and happiness back, depression treatment can help.
Depression Therapy Can Help You Start Living Again
Even if you feel completely helpless and hopeless, depression treatment can help. With the support and guidance of an experienced and compassionate therapist, you can begin to better understand your depression, increase confidence and self-awareness and mitigate and manage the symptoms that are keeping you down, stuck and sad.
In depression treatment sessions we can help you identify, explore and address the thoughts, feelings, habits and other issues that are keeping you from feeling good and functioning with ease. There may be things in your life that you are so used to that you don’t even realize how much they are negatively affecting you. Certain people, ideas, routines or patterns are sometimes a small piece of the puzzle, but can be huge in terms of contributing to your feelings of hopelessness.
In sessions, you can also learn to better understand your thought processes and how they affect your moods and emotions. We can teach you how to shift out of unproductive, negative thoughts. Depressed people tend to have a lot of negative chatter in their heads saying things like, “I’m not good enough,” “I don’t deserve this,” “I will never feel better,” or “No one loves me.” In depression treatment, you can begin challenging unhealthy thoughts and train your mind to say things that are calming and empowering instead.
With support and guidance, you can become present and engaged in your life. You can begin to explore what makes you happy in a safe and compassionate environment. You can also learn how tools like mindfulness, nutrition, lifestyle habits and physical exercise can profoundly impact your mood. With the help of a skilled and empathetic therapist, you can start enjoying life and all its little wonders again. It is possible to create and maintain healthy, satisfying relationships with others —including and, most importantly, with yourself.
Schedule an Appointment
Things may seem bleak right now, but it is possible to feel better. We have a lot of experience working with depression and even if you’ve been depressed for a long time or if you’ve tried working with another therapist in the past and it wasn’t helpful, there are ways we can address your depression with a fresh perspective. Depression treatment might not be an easy process — it could take time and effort. But if you’re willing to do the work, the reward of having a happy and fulfilling life is within your grasp. We will support you throughout the therapy process — even when it feels impossible. Schedule an appointment with a depression specialist today.
Still have questions about depression therapy? We can discuss your specific situation and whether depression therapy might benefit you. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation or your first appointment with a depression specialist through our secure Client Portal or contact us.