Are you suffering through the agonizing effects of depression?
You want to enjoy life like everyone else. You desire to be happy and productive, but you don't have the energy and feel too down-and-out to do anything about it. Have you lost pleasure from daily life? Do you feel a heaviness in your chest that sucks the life out of you? Is trying to explain your depression to someone who does not understand making you feel even worse? Depression makes it hard to concentrate and drains your energy. Maybe you have been through a major loss or diagnosed with a serious medical condition making it feel impossible to live the life you desire.
You're Not Alone, It is Way More Common Than You Think
Major Depression is one of the most common problems people face affecting more than 16 million Americans each year. It is the leading cause of disability from the ages of 16-44 year olds. Depression often occurs with other illnesses like cancer, diabetes, alcoholism and eating disorders. When you talk to someone in hopes of getting support, you probably quickly realize that most people don't have a clue about what you are going through. They might think that you are just having a bad day and give you advice accordingly. Of course, it never works. If they have never been through clinical depression, they just won't understand how bad it can be. With the pace of society, there never seems to be enough time to deal with our emotional world, and before we know it, we are sucked into a depressing world
There is good news and bad news about the treatment of depression. The good news is that advances in our field has led to significant rates of recovery from depression. As horrible as depression is, the overwhelming majority of people will fully heal from depression with proper treatment. The bad news is that too many people fail to get the help they need because they try to treat it themselves or feel ashamed to seek help or get the wrong advice.
Hope For Recovery, even For Those Who've Been to Therapy Before
The most common and one of the effective ways to deal with depression is using what is called "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy". The premise is that if you can change the way you think, you can change the way you feel. And if you can change the way you feel, you can change the way you act. You know how being depressed (how you feel) can make you want to stay in bed, not want to meet with friends, not want to do chores or go to work or school. SO you know that the way you feel affects the way you act. Now, to turn your situation around, we need to trace back your steps of how you got into this funk. A good therapist will help you gain insights and allow you to see things in an entirely new light.
But I've Tried That Already and It Did Not Work
If you have already gone through CBT for your depression and it failed to work. You have two other options. Although most people will recover using CBT, it has it's limitations. For some, a more complex process needs to take place. Your emotions are explored in a way where it is used as a tool to help you recover. A deeper look into the source of your depression needs to be examined. Some have experienced so much grief that a cognitive change does not seem helpful. I once had a client whose parents passed away when she was 16 and 20 years old. She gets married for stability, then divorced, she remarries and her husband dies, and now she is in for counseling for the death of her daughter. if you are depressed, then this is your mind and body's way of telling you that something is wrong. If you are not digging into your deeper emotional world in cases like these,then you may have more difficulty getting out of your depression. The good news is that , even though this is hard work, many people will feel relief by revisiting and reprocessing these events.
Feeling of Hopelessness
If you worry that you will never get better and you feel stuck in the pits of despair with no way out, then this is your depression speaking. It can make you not want to get out of bed, it can make simple tasks like cooking and even watching a movie feel overwhelming. There is a narrowing of focus and when all you can see is a dark tunnel, then you know depression has a grip on you. As strong as these feelings are, however, it is important to remember that many people have been in your situation and have found a way out! I know it is hard to believe, but we see this all the time. Sometime, you might need to couple your counseling with taking medication.
To Medicate or Not to Medicate
Another advancement for treating depression is in the area of medication. There are powerful medications that can aid you in the process of recovery. Some people will choose not to take medication and try to work out their depression with just a counselor. Other people find that the medicine is a much needed boost when talking alone does not produce the desired results. Our counseling center cannot prescribe medication, but if you are interested in medication, please contact your Psychiatrist. Do not contact a Psychologist.
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