Is Depression Taking Over Your Life?
- Are you having difficulty recovering from a life event—such as loss of a loved one, divorce or break-up, or job loss—and find yourself feeling depressed and lost?
- Do you find yourself thinking about past regrets and blaming yourself for past decisions gone wrong?
- Are you struggling to find the motivation you once had?
- Have you lost a sense of purpose, self-worth, or self-esteem?
Maybe you are functioning and going through the motions, but on the inside you feel apathetic and hopeless about your future. You may be frustrated with yourself for not being able to move forward with your life. Maybe you have lost interest in your hobbies, work, or socializing, but now you feel even more isolated and alone. Or maybe you’re struggling with feelings of hopelessness or overwhelming sadness that have taken over your daily life.
Do you feel exhausted in the morning but then lie awake at night unable to sleep? You may replay the day’s events and wonder why you can’t move on from your hurt and pain and be as happy as you once were. The joy you once had in life seems elusive or even unattainable. It may feel like there’s a dark cloud hanging over your head. And the longer it hovers, the more you may begin to blame yourself or question if there’s something wrong with you.
You may be experiencing distressing physical symptoms, relationship problems, or feelings of low self-worth, but it’s hard to know what concrete steps you can take to feel better. Your typical coping strategies have not been working and you may have turned to alcohol or emotional eating as a temporary crutch to deal with your hurt. Depression can be extremely debilitating, and the farther you sink into depression, the harder it can be to see the way out. As depression worsens, your sense of self-worth may continue to regress until you become completely isolated and pessimistic about the future.
Do you wish there was a way to get past your sadness, improve your mood, and find joy in life again?
Depression Affects Millions Of People
Depression exists on a spectrum, and it doesn’t affect any two people in exactly the same way. As a result, many people end up feeling alone and isolated, or wondering if this is just a phase they’re going through. After all, you know that everyone experiences sadness and mood swings from time to time. But the truth is that depression is an incredibly common mental health concern. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression affects 264 million people globally.*
Unfortunately, many people hesitate to reach out for support when they start noticing signs of depression. You may worry about how people will react if you open up about your experience. Or you might know that your colleagues or family members look to you as a source of strength, so you continue hiding your true feelings. Making things more difficult, you may still have moments when you are happy, productive, or have glimmers of hope for the future. But that only leaves you feeling more discouraged and self-conscious when you feel unproductive and hopeless the next day. Even when you feel motivated to address your depression, you may be concerned that acknowledging your sadness will only make things worse.
If you have not been able to move forward or find yourself mired in regret over the choices you made or the direction your life has gone, you might end up blaming yourself or accepting that this is just the way things are for you. But there is no right or wrong reason for having depression—drastic life changes, a series of setbacks at work or at home, and genetic predisposition can all contribute to your experience.
Regardless of the reason you feel helpless, your experience is valid, and there is a path toward healing. With depression treatment, you can overcome your symptoms and foster a greater sense of confidence and hope.
Depression Treatment Can Help Restore Optimism And Boost Your Self-EsteeM
Many people think that they can deal with depression on their own; that mental health is something that can be consciously controlled by just “thinking positive.” And you may feel frustrated or ashamed at the thought of needing therapy. Others believe that a positive change in their life, career, or relationship will “cure” their depression. You might dwell on the “what ifs”: What if I had taken the other job? What if I had not gotten married to this person? What if I had moved away when I had the chance?
As a depression therapist, I’ve seen a lot of my clients come in with this mindset and experience remarkable discoveries about their mental health along the way. I know how hard it can be to open up about depression, especially if you have tried talking to friends or family members in the past only to walk away feeling worse. And while we can’t change the past, we can look forward to the future. And that’s where depression treatment can be so helpful. Therapy provides a calm, welcoming environment where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world and share your experience without fear of judgment or criticism.
My goal is to help you renew your thinking, find your strengths, and build the resiliency to overcome negative thoughts, stop self-blame, and move forward from your past. The first step in that journey is to have a safe space where you can have your needs heard and validated with compassion. As you feel more supported and understood, you can approach your situation—and depression treatment—with greater hope and confidence. In addition to receiving compassionate support throughout our work together, we’ll explore healthy solutions to cope with depression symptoms and concrete actions you can take to foster greater happiness and contentment.
In our sessions, I will utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you better understand your negative feelings and mindset. With CBT, you can discover where your negative thoughts are coming from and how you can respond to such thoughts in a more productive way.
I bring a positive, solution-focus mindset to each session. While it is valuable to learn from previous mistakes, my focus will be on helping you build the future you want. You can live a healthy, optimistic life without feeling as though past mistakes are holding you down.
I have been helping individuals understand and overcome depression since 2003. In that time, I’ve seen that the most important step toward healing is learning to approach your needs with self-compassion. When you’re able to see the path forward, you can continue growing in your personal life and relationships long after our last session together.
You may still have reservations about depression treatment…
My depression isn’t that bad; I can deal with it on my own.
We’ve been raised in a society that makes us feel as though we should be able to overcome any challenge on our own. In reality, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by life’s stressors. That doesn’t make you inferior; it simply shows that you’re human and have too much on your plate. You don’t deserve to suffer for it; you deserve to get back to a more positive and optimistic mindset. Good mental health is crucial for maintaining overall health, and there is no shame in seeking help.
Sure, life has been hard at the moment. How is therapy going to change that?
Sometimes, life hits us incredibly hard and we’re left feeling unsure about what the next move is. While you can’t always control what happens to you, you can control how you respond. A depression therapist can help you make sense of what you’re going through and teach you new ways to make smart, conscious decisions to ensure that life’s curveballs don’t keep you down.
I’ve already done depression therapy before. Why would this time be any different?
Unlike some therapists who offer “immediate results,” I am not going to give you a quick fix for depression. Yes, I want to change your way of thinking to be more positive, and my goal is to help you find solutions so you no longer need my help. But that can only happen when you deepen your understanding of your thought process and why it sometimes turns negative. Overcoming depression isn’t just about positive thinking—it requires real, sustainable change in how you recognize and respond to your needs and emotions.
Are You Ready To Stop Letting Depression Control Your Life?
It’s not easy to seek out help, especially when you already feel so vulnerable. But your depression does not define you, nor does it have to be a permanent fixture in your life.
If you’re ready to bring greater clarity, understanding, and optimism to your life, I invite you to contact me via email to ask any questions you might have and make sure I’m the right fit for your needs. Or if you’re ready to get started right away, you can call 404-585-4940 or schedule your first appointment.
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