Do You Feel Overwhelmed By Numbness Or A Persistent Sadness?
Do you lack motivation for the things you once loved? Are you filled with a sense of emptiness as you interact with friends, family, or co-workers? Is the purpose you once had for life slowly dissipating?
Maybe you feel like your life amounts to less than what you’d like. Or perhaps you notice that you’re no longer as focused as you used to be. You may even experience a loss of appetite. Or maybe the very thought of life exhausts you, and you think, I can’t do this anymore—I need out!
Depression is a serious condition that if left untreated can take a toll on you. It can harm relationships, increase your risk of drug and/or alcohol use, and make it more difficult to recover from illness. Depression has any number of triggers, such as stressors at home or work. Perhaps you have experienced traumatic events in childhood that you’ve repressed for years, but your mind, body, and spirit can no longer hide the impact.
But there is hope. You can begin to take back control over your life with depression treatment. Whether you’ve struggled with symptoms for six weeks or ten years, therapy can help you cope with the effects of depression in a healthy way. It can help you feel motivated by life and live with purpose again.
Depression Can Be Triggered In Any Of Us
Depression is a common disorder felt by nearly five percent of the American population.1 So there’s a chance that we may know someone who suffers from depression, including ourselves.
It can develop for any number of reasons. In addition to unsettling experiences from our youth, other triggers include losing a loved one, being a victim of abuse or assault, relationship issues such as divorce or infidelity, or even moving to a new city. Social isolation as experienced by many during the COVID-19 pandemic can also contribute to symptoms of depression.
Depression doesn’t come in “one-size-fits-all.” It can range on the spectrum from mild to severe and express itself uniquely, based on individual circumstances. One person might suffer from extreme sadness while another may suffer from a more subtle symptom, like the lack of presence in life.
We can’t solve depression alone. For one, trying to fix a problem from a depleted state is all but impossible—we’re too emotionally invested in ourselves to find the objectivity needed to heal. We might also find it difficult to give what we’re feeling a name.“And once we are able to call it what it is–depression–it can still cause us to lack motivation to seek help.
However, a skillful ally is exactly what you’ll need by your side. A trained professional can offer the objectivity needed to overcome this disorder. Depression treatment can help you find the source of your pain and give you the tools to address it.
Depression Therapy Can Help You Reclaim Your Motivation For Life
A lot of people think that treating depression boils down to patiently allowing symptoms to subside over time. Yet the reality is that depression is a mental health disorder for which treatment is best addressed by a professional who can help pinpoint the source of your depression and develop coping strategies. As therapists, we understand the benefits of therapy in helping people gain back control over their lives.
We foster an empathetic and encouraging environment—a safe space for you to get help for depression on your terms—with an emphasis on understanding the different triggers in your life, from childhood to now.
Depression treatment is tailored to fit your unique needs. In the first session, we’ll ask you to complete a diagnostic assessment where we’ll look at symptoms and experiences over the course of your life to identify the severity of your depression. From there, we’ll develop a treatment plan.
In ongoing sessions, we’ll share different techniques to help you overcome negative thought patterns. We will also encourage you to make meaning of your life experiences to better work through your challenges. Additionally, we will share educational tools to help you gain insight into your depression and the circumstances surrounding your expression of it—we call this part of therapy “psychoeducation.”
We take pride in our comprehensive, person-centered approach to depression counseling. We believe that you have an innate understanding of yourself, and we merely act as guides to help you work through experiences that act as a blockage to your better self. We also feel that a person-centered approach to depression treatment can help you heal faster and access more of your potential.
Treating depression may require the use of evidence-based modalities such as cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). CBT can help you identify unhealthy thoughts you may have and then replace these thoughts with more constructive thinking patterns. As a result, you can start to shift your behavior and improve how your mind and body respond to depression symptoms. DBT helps to regulate emotions and reduce conflict by addressing four areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
We’re convinced that depression treatment can provide you with the tools to begin to heal yourself, addressing your symptoms and challenges. And ultimately, it can help you find your motivation for life again.
But you may still have questions about depression treatment…
The cost of therapy doesn’t fit into my budget.
Depression therapy is an expense, but in the long run, we encourage you to also see it as an investment that can pay off in a better quality of life. For example, you may find that you’re able to get more done in less time, have more focus to perform job duties, or pay more attention to your spouse/partner to form a closer connection. We accept a number of insurance providers, and some of our counselors also offer reduced rates. So we may be able to work within your budget—don’t count therapy out just yet.
I don’t have time in my schedule to add therapy.
You lead a busy life—maybe at work or at home with friends and family. We understand. One way we can help you make the time is by working with you via teletherapy. Our HIPAA-compliant online sessions can allow you to save time on travel. We also offer the option for evening appointments to provide more scheduling flexibility.
I’m ashamed to get therapy. I think it says that something is wrong with me–others will think this, too.
Due to a lack of understanding, this stigma may often be attached to treatment for mental health challenges. Yet as society becomes more educated about topics like coping with and overcoming depression, our world has started to shift toward becoming more accepting of the need for therapy. If anything, more people—hopefully, yourself included—are understanding the courage it takes to seek help for depression, now more than ever before.
Are You Ready To Reconnect With Yourself And Create A Sense Of Contentment In Your Life?
If you’re ready to take a look at your depression, figure out its source, and work through it with a therapist who can teach you actionable skills, I invite you to call us at 727-422-0996 or contact us via email at email@example.com. From there, we can learn more about your challenges with depression and match you with a therapist who is the best fit.