Sadness is a normal emotion on the spectrum of human experience. However, if you feel like you're "stuck" on that side of the spectrum to the point where it's overshadowing your other emotions it can create big problems. When depression shows up in your life, it can feel like it takes all of your effort just to get out of bed some mornings. If you notice that things that used to be fun are more tasks that you just have to "get through" now, that you're having a hard time concentrating, crying, or feeling down more often than not, depression might be visiting you at the moment. It's not a house guest anyone wants and it always overstays its welcome. The upside is that we can help you not be so bothered by it and get you back on track to living your life.
Even if you’ve struggled with depression for a long time; it’s never too late to live the life you envision for yourself. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Depression counseling and therapy can renew your hope in the future. If you’ve noticed that any of the following symptoms have been present more often than not for over two weeks, then it may be time to consider therapy.
Feelings of sadness, helplessness, or hopelessness most of the day, nearly every day
Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
Significant shifts in sleep or appetite
Difficulty performing everyday activities or extreme restlessness
Fatigue and loss of energy
Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
Difficulty with concentration and memory, or difficulty making decisions
Thoughts of death and dying, or suicide
Different Forms of Depression:
Not everyone experiences all of these symptoms. However, we understand that any one of them can have a big impact on your ability to function. Depressive symptoms can arise in response to many different life stressors. It’s common for depression to present itself to new parents after the arrival of a baby (Postpartum Depression), in the wake of a tragedy such as loss of a loved one, in the aftermath of a traumatic event, following difficulty with a difficult life adjustment such as a divorce, in response to changing seasons (Seasonal Affective Disorder; SAD), or perhaps it has been in the background of your life for many years like a white noise machine and it’s difficult to pinpoint the origin.
Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for Depression
Several evidence-based treatments for depression include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Problem Solving Therapy (PST). You can read more about each approach at the National Institute for Mental Health website here.
In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you and your therapist will examine thinking patterns that may be keeping you stuck. Newer forms of CBT, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), utilize mindfulness and acceptance techniques to assist you in changing your relationship to these unhelpful cognitive patterns; learning to accept their presence and focus on engaging in meaningful behaviors.
Depression counseling and treatment assists you in taking back your life by giving you a fresh perspective on how to manage your symptoms. You’ll learn helpful coping skills that will get you through times when you’re feeling sad and help you build hope and momentum towards future goals and healthy behaviors.