Are you struggling with motivation, energy, and low mood?
Can you remember a time when “doing” was easy? Do you have the desire to get back to that place, but feel like there is a huge wall in front of you preventing it from happening?
Have you lost your interest in the things that normally drive you?
You are not alone. Depression is not an abnormal experience.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Depression is one of the ways your mind and body are signaling that something is not right with your life or circumstances.
Sadness is a part of the human condition and there are many experiences in life that likely result in sadness, such as the loss of a loved one, learning that you or a loved one has a medical condition that results in drastic changes in mobility and lifestyle, miscarriage, a breakup, an accident of some kind, etc. Depression is often the result of avoiding your emotions, causing emotions such as sadness, anger, and irritability to erupt at unexpected times. Even a minor event can become a catalyst for emotions that have been swept under the rug.
Life stress, coping style, previous learning, thinking style, behavior, and social and cultural factors are all impactful to the onset or experience of depression. Depression in a nutshell is a set of mental, emotional, and physical symptoms that can be overwhelming. Depression is also a natural consequence of living in a very complicated world.
This overwhelming experience does not have to be encountered alone. Our therapists are well versed in depression and will work with you to problem solve how to get out from the grips of depression.
What does therapy for depression look like?
First, it is important that you are matched with a therapist you feel comfortable with. Our team will ensure that you are connected with a therapist that you feel you can truly relate to. The first phase of therapy will include becoming stable and resource building. This means that your therapist will explore how you are getting through each day, and will ask you questions about your relationships, work/school, social gatherings, daily self-care, and responsibilities. You and your therapist will then discuss what your specific goals are.
You will then work with your therapist to reach your goals through a combination of in session work and homework. Each therapist at the Therapeutic and Wellness Solution Center uses a different approach to depression management. Some will embrace cognitive behavioral approaches to address your thoughts, some will use mindfulness to help you live more in the present, and others will use a combination of evidence-based approaches to tailor their method exactly to your depression.
Once you are tuned in to your depressive triggers and emotional states, you will be better able to regulate your emotions, which will then positively impact your behavior. You will likely experience fewer crying spells, less irritability, less conflict with others, and less overwhelm as a result of these new daily practices.
I am afraid of my thoughts and I don’t want to tell my therapist
You have come to the right place. The therapists at our practice are extremely familiar with the types of thinking that exists when depression is experienced. Thoughts can certainly feel scary for a number of reasons. You may be scared of yourself and you may be scared of telling your therapist that you think about ending your life or that you think about hurting others. Our therapists will teach you how to relate to these thoughts and manage them. Just because a thought exists, it doesn’t mean that they are true. Just because a thought feels true, doesn’t mean they are true.
The solution to relieving yourself from these kinds of thoughts is talking about them with your therapist. Your therapist has certainly heard and/or experienced them in some form or another. Your therapist can listen and offer an objective perspective and solutions for when the thoughts are present. These thoughts are treatable. You don’t have to live with these thoughts alone.
I’m so depressed that I can’t come into therapy for an in-person session
Our therapists can accommodate teletherapy/video-therapy sessions through our secure platform. Our team works to provide sessions times that work best with your schedule. That may be after kids have gone to bed, during a lunch break, or when you are feeling low.
It is understood that loss of motivation and little to no energy is a common symptom of depression. This makes getting out of bed sometimes feel impossible. As a result of Covid, many individuals may still be working from home and may currently have no reason or necessity to leave their home. These behaviors such as avoidance, isolation, and withdrawal, only make depression worse. Due to this, your therapist may encourage you to come to the office to help break the cycle of depression.
You can be present and experience enjoyable moments. You are not your depression. Learn how to cope with depression and reclaim your life.
Please call us to schedule an appointment with one of our depression specialists. We are available at: (760) 566-5516. Sessions are offered in-person and remotely via telehealth/video therapy.
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