Is Depression Robbing You Of All Your Energy And Motivation?
Do you feel unable to snap out of your low mood? Are you suffering from a loss of interest or pleasure in most of your favorite activities? Do you wonder if your sadness and disinterest is more than just a bout of the blues?
Maybe you feel empty inside and worry that your life lacks meaning and purpose. Perhaps you’re unusually irritable and you’ve been having angry outbursts over small matters. You might have so little energy that even the simplest of tasks seem unbearable. It’s as if you’re carrying a heavy load with you wherever you go. As much as you want to get help, your lack of motivation probably keeps you from reaching out.
Low Self-Esteem Often Goes Hand In Hand With Depression
Depression often stems from feelings of worthlessness or low self-esteem. You might find yourself fixating on past failures and blaming yourself for everything that’s gone wrong in your life. Because you don’t feel good about yourself, you might withdraw from social events and shy away from new opportunities. The more you isolate, the worse you feel, leading to a vicious cycle of loneliness and despair.
If you want to overcome feelings of sadness and improve your self-esteem, I encourage you to connect with me. Depression therapy is a chance to regain your energy and motivation and learn to maintain a kinder, more loving dialogue with yourself.
Depression Is Everywhere, But Most People Don’t Notice It In Others
Roughly 20 million adults in the United States suffer from depression each year. And given how many people are undiagnosed, the real number is probably even higher. Depression is often silent and invisible—many people with depression seem just fine on the surface. Lots of them have high-functioning depression and can still work and socialize like everyone else. But deep down, they feel sad, empty, and deeply alone.
Our culture’s attitude toward depression doesn’t exactly help. People are often taught that depression is a sign of weakness or laziness. As a result, many people with depression are afraid to see a counselor and end up hiding their pain out of shame and embarrassment. This only adds to their loneliness and makes their depression even worse.
Since Depression Leads You To Think There’s No Hope, Getting Help Can Feel Pointless
Depression often comes with feelings of hopelessness and the belief that nothing in your life will fundamentally change. This doesn’t help when it comes to getting treatment. After all, if you truly believe that nothing will make you feel better, you might feel like there’s no point in seeking help.
Isolation is the number-one breeding ground for depression. That’s why depression therapy is so important. With my help and support, I am confident that you can break the cycle of loneliness and sadness and heal the emotional wounds driving your depression.
Depression Therapy Can Help You Regain The Energy And Optimism To Enjoy Life Again
Self-awareness is the key to healing. When you understand what patterns of behavior set off a downward spiral of thinking, you can learn how to prevent yourself from having a depressive episode.
As a therapist, it’s my goal to help you find ways to interrupt the downward spiral of depression. I want you to develop coping and grounding skills that restore a sense of control to your life. Instead of depression making all your decisions for you, I want to help you put yourself back in the driver’s seat of your life. Therapy can help you regain control of your life, something no medication or self-help book can do.
What To Expect In Depression Counseling Sessions
Recovery from depression requires understanding the events and behaviors that precipitate a depressive response. This means becoming aware of your psychological vulnerabilities and identifying distorted thinking patterns. Deep down, maybe you’ve always felt that you’re not good enough or that you’ll never find someone who loves you. Therapy can help you recognize how these beliefs contribute to the spiral of depression and affect your behavior.
The key is to understand the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and actions. This is usually done through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Using CBT, you and I can explore distorted ways of thinking that developed early in your life and look at how they impact you today. The goal is to challenge your thoughts and beliefs, try out new behavioral strategies, and control your reactions to distressing events.
In the end, therapy is about so much more than just coping with depression. It’s also about regaining the energy and optimism to enjoy life again. It may not feel possible now, but with help and support, you can overcome feelings of hopelessness and endow your life with new meaning and purpose.
You May Have Some Questions About Depression Therapy…
Can I ever feel better?
As long as you are willing to put in the work, you can absolutely improve your mood and get control of your symptoms! Besides, simply reaching out and accepting help is a huge step in the recovery process. The fact that you are seeking counseling shows that you are ready to improve your quality of life.
Do I have to be on medication?
Whether or not you take medication is always your choice. Oftentimes, the work of therapy is powerful enough that antidepressants are not needed. But if you are curious about taking medication, I can refer you to a psychiatrist who offers treatment for depression. While therapy can give you new skills and insights, medication can supplement it by helping you improve your mood and boost your energy level.
How long does depression therapy usually take?
Many of my clients experience some improvement within a few sessions. That said, how long counseling takes usually depends on the severity of your depression and the nature of your goals. This is why it’s important to be kind to yourself. When depression has become part of your life, it takes time to undo its effects. There is no pressure to heal overnight. As long as you’re committed to healing and challenging your mindset, you can expect to gradually improve your mood and regain your ability to function.
I Want To Help You Feel Like Yourself Again
If you want to reconnect with your sense of purpose and feel more like yourself again, I encourage you to pursue depression therapy with me. To get started, you can fill out the contact page or call 716-300-1977 to schedule a free phone consultation.