- Do you find it takes a great deal of effort to get out of bed in the morning?
- Are you tired all day but unable to sleep at night?
- Do you have trouble completing tasks because you can’t focus?
- Are you irritable?
- Do you no longer enjoy the things that used to give you pleasure?
- Have you withdrawn from friends and loved ones?
- Do you feel hopeless and that life is too much effort?
If you feel lost, hopeless, isolated and overwhelmed you may be suffering from depression. We all experience sadness, days when we feel down and lack motivation. But if persistent sadness lasts more than 2 weeks and you find it difficult to perform your daily tasks then counseling can help. Toughing it out or trying to snap out of it does not work for depression. In fact, repressing or holding feelings in often makes depression worse.
Depression can result from a single major traumatic or stressful event in your life or may develop over a lifetime from numerous disappointments and problems. Even an event that is typically viewed as joyful, such as the birth of a child, can lead to depression (see information on postpartum depression below).
Counseling for depression does make a difference. In fact, it can be more helpful than medication. If you think or know you are depressed, our therapists can help. In sessions, we will get to the bottom of the things that are contributing to and causing your depression so you can start to heal.
You will learn to:
- Correct distorted and negative thinking that perpetuates depression.
- Express and process feelings such as anger, sadness and grief so you stop internalizing your feelings.
- Make behavioral changes that will improve your outlook and help you feel confident.
- Heal from past life events so you can be who you were truly meant to be.
- Effectively deal with tough situations and difficult people.
You will regain a sense of hope and restore your ability to experience happiness in your life.
You need not suffer endlessly. Relief is waiting for you!