Therapy for Depression
Depression can be debilitating. It can cause feelings of helplessness, defeat, and despair – at times it can breed thoughts that you don’t want, never dreamed you would or could have, and that can be scary. Intrusive thoughts about one being worthless, life being meaningless, or that nothing will ever change are some of these unsettling thoughts.
The thoughts above are characteristic of a more severe depression. Yet depression can manifest itself in milder forms – milder does not mean free from impact – whether that impact be personal, interpersonal, or related to work, home life, or societal circumstances. Maybe you find yourself less interested in activities you used to enjoy, have lower energy levels, an increase or decrease in appetite, or are having difficulty concentrating. These symptoms can be more mild or severe depending on the degree of depression. In mild and moderate forms of depression you are able to function, yet you may have lost your motivation and life may have lost its luster.
Regardless of the form of depression – depression is known to share two roots. Most depressions are reactions to some event. Some examples include: the loss of a loved one, a break-up or divorce, health issues, or the loss of a job. The remainder of depressions are unknown or originate from within and can cycle regularly – these are usually the more severe type and can be genetically predisposed – of a biological nature.
Regardless of the cause – depression is treatable. While medication can be helpful with lessening symptoms – long lasting change is most effectively addressed through the counseling relationship and prescribed coping skills and treatment strategies. Together we will draw upon foundational and evidence-based therapies to decrease symptoms, elevate your mood, and move you toward fullness of life.
In the picture represented above, the hiker rose above the clouds to behold a spectacular view illuminated by the bright rays of the sun. The view and sun were always there – clear, vivid, brilliant, though seemingly absent due to thick cloud cover at lower elevation. In the same way, depression can cloud our vision for ourselves – yet if we “climb” therapeutically speaking, and do not quit – we also can, more often than not, transcend our depression and obtain a beatific vision and experience of life. We can live on the heights. You can rise above depression. Be hopeful, you can do this – let us help.