Depression can debilitate our mind and body; it can disrupt our appetite, sleeping patterns, vitality, mental attutude, relationships, productivity, clairty and self esteem. Depression can be such a lonely condition, causing us to isolate and become hyper-critical of our apparent inability to get on top of things.
If you relate to this, you are not alone! Almost 10% of us in the United States experience some form of depression in our lives.The good news
You don't have to feel this way. There is hope. 80-90% of the people who seek help feel better within two weeks. Depression is no time to go it alone. It's so tempting to think that you should be happy, and then berate yourself because you aren't. I invite you to give yourself a break, adopt a bit of humility about what you should be able to do and reach out for help. I would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you have.
..... And here is more information .... if you are in the mood for more readingThe bad news
Many people who are depressed don't reach out for help. For many, especially men, depression is seen as a personal weakness or failure that they should be able to just get over. If you are used to being able to handle things on your own it can be a stretch to ask for help. Some people are so used to feeling the symptoms of depression, it just feels like their "normal" and it doesn't occur to them to seek help. For others depression can be masked by drug or alcohol use. Alcohol or drugs allows for a temporary relief, but ultimately perpetuates depression and bad feelings, leading to another temporary solution with alcohol or drugs ... whew, what a vicious cycle!
What causes depression?
The three most common reasons cited for causing depression are:
While it is possible that all three of these factors contribute to a clinical depression, each person is different. It's hard to know what the causes are without taking a holistic view of the person who is experienceing symptoms of depression.
How does therapy help?
When you participate in therapy, you are no longer alone with your depression. This fact alone brings a huge amount of relief to many people at the very beginning of our journey together. Here some of the ways our work together will help you feel better and find yourself again.
My aim is your discovery of the resources within you to heal, grow, create, engage and interact.
The bottom line
If you are experiencing depression or depressive-like sypmtoms, I urge you to reach out for help. It's not time to be alone. Let's talk and see if I can help.
Take some time to contemplate your situation. If you feel that you would like to meet me and see if therapy might be helpful for you, I offer a free 50 minute consultation. That will give you a chance to meet me, ask questions and we can each get a sense of what it would be like to work together.
If you'd like to speak with me or make an appointment, please call at 707-792-2654.