Sadness, Hopelessness & Lack of Motivation Doesn’t Have to be Your New Normal
If you or someone you love suffers from depression, you know it is incredibly debilitating, dehumanizing, and exhausting. It affects how you feel, think, act, make decisions, and handle daily life. The loss of joy, physical energy, and interest in life can color everyone and everything in a deep shade of gray. At Family Connections Therapy, we’re here to tell you that there is hope. Depression is not uncommon, affecting over 16 million Americans, and even more importantly, it is highly treatable, with 80-90% responding well therapeutic intervention! When you’re ready – we’re here to help you start living a more joyful life again.
Am I Depressed or it is Sadness?
Sadness is a common and healthy emotion that we all feel when experiencing things that disappoint and hurt us, but depression is something much more serious. Simply, depression is a diagnosable mood disorder with varying complexities that requires the help of a therapist or doctor to properly treat and heal. Specifically, forms of depression involve extreme low mood or despair (along with some combination of the symptoms listed below) that persists for over two weeks, making it difficult to function at work, home, in relationships, and when completing daily activities. It is very important to seek support when dealing with depression, so you can start to feel better.
Other common symptoms of depression include:
- Prolonged states of emptiness or hopelessness
- Irritability, elevated emotional response, mood swings, difficulty managing emotions
- Low self-esteem
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Restlessness and agitation
- Challenges with concentration, follow thru, and focus
- Changes in appetite, sleep patterns, or energy levels
- Loss of interest in things that once brought joy
- Withdrawal from close friends and family and social gatherings
- Thoughts of self-harm, death, or suicide
- Physical aches and pains, such as headaches or stomach cramps
- Exhaustion, fatigue, and decreased motivation
Why do I Have Depression?
Many people who struggle with depressive mood disorder ask this question. There really isn’t one, clear answer. Depression is caused by complex mix of biological, genetic, psychological, social, relational, and circumstantial factors. No matter the cause, a thoughtful and thorough therapy approach for depression can help many clients get to the root causes of depression, heal from the past, and understand their own psyche and body better.
Does Counseling Really Help with Depression?
Simple answers – yes, counseling really does help depression! Specifically, when traditional talk therapy is combined with medication and/or holistic, mind-body wellness strategies (exercise, meditation, etc.), psychological interventions can lead to extraordinary success! In fact, many people who experience depression assume it will pass on its own, so they choose not to seek therapy, leaving them to suffer unnecessarily. With therapy, 80-90% of those struggling with depression can heal more quickly, with long lasting results.
So, How Does Therapy Help?
Therapy begins with compassion and connection, to accurately assess and discover what each client is experiencing. From there, a partnership develops between client and therapist. Through this relationship, we design meaningful goals, transform negative thoughts, improve self-care, heal underlying issues, deepen emotional confidence, reduce stress, and help you to truly enjoy your career, relationship, and everyday life again.
Specific modalities (therapy styles) we use during therapy for depression vary depending on client preference, but our clinicians rely on evidence based solutions with a proven record to specifically help individuals overcome depression. Some of these therapy approaches include a blend of attachment based therapy models, mindfulness techniques, experiential methods, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies (CBT and DBT) as well as positive psychology and resiliency methods.
In addition to working directly with you our clinicians may want to include family members or other professionals to support your health and healing process. While people can be hesitant at first to reach out for therapy, the power of a trained and heart centered expert makes all the difference! Our clients are so glad they began treatment, and commonly, wish they had started therapy sooner.