Depression treatment

Are Heavy Emotions Weighing You Down?

Do you struggle with unrelenting feelings of hopelessness and despair? Does a lack of motivation or low self-esteem keep you from feeling as though you’re making progress in reaching your goals? Are you missing elements of joy and satisfaction from your life? 

Perhaps you feel sad most days. You may often cry or struggle with other physical symptoms of depression, such as a lack of appetite or chronic fatigue. It might even feel as though a dark cloud hangs over your every thought and feeling. 

Maybe you’re no longer interested in the people and activities that once instilled your life with excitement and meaning. As a result, you may be socially withdrawing from friends and family, isolating yourself, or avoiding interactions with others. 

Depression often feels like a weighted vest that can’t be shaken off. This kind of emotional heaviness can infiltrate every aspect of life, causing you to wonder if treating your depression is even possible. But in therapy, you can find relief from your symptoms while learning essential skills and techniques for overcoming depression. 

Depression Can Have A Variety Of Causes And Show Up In Many Different Ways

It’s estimated that over seven percent of the American adult population struggles with depression, making it—along with anxiety—one of the most common mental health disorders. And because it affects such a far-reaching demographic, depression can have many origins and show up in a wide variety of ways.

While depression is often a result of genetic predisposition, many external factors can also contribute to the onset of symptoms. Grief following a death or other major loss may co-occur with a period of depression, as might a difficult medical diagnosis or chronic condition. There is also evidence to support that racial trauma and other forms of bias lead to depression in marginalized communities.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that millions of Americans struggle with this disorder, there remains a stigma to seeking help for depression. This stigma may stem from the self-imposed pressure to get through a period of depression without the help of a therapist or from the cultural misconception that counseling indicates weakness. Either way, these damaging standards create obstacles to receiving effective treatment for depression. 

With a therapist, however, you can begin the work of unpacking these misconceptions, exploring your emotions, and developing a skill set for coping with depression. 

Therapeutic Treatment Provides You With The Perspective And Skills Needed To Lift The Weight Of Depression

Regardless of stigma, the symptoms of depression alone—such as fatigue, lack of motivation, and hopelessness—can often make it difficult to seek treatment. In therapy sessions with me, you’ll be given a chance to break down these barriers so that you can begin to unburden yourself from the emotional weight you’ve been carrying for too long. 

We will begin depression treatment by discussing what brings you to therapy, what your goals are, and what kinds of coping strategies or rituals you have relied on in the past. Once I have an understanding of what is important to you and what has worked for you so far, I can adapt certain behavioral techniques and body-based strategies—such as deep breathing and body scans—to create a treatment plan that is as personalized to you as possible. 

As we explore different topics that may shed insight into your emotional experiences, we will likely uncover unresolved traumas or stressors that are creating barriers to your progress. Using the highly effective model of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), we can begin to target adverse memories to help you create new relationships with the past and refreshed hopes for the future. 

In addition, I will work to understand the areas in your life which either empowered or discouraged you to use your voice so that you can ultimately improve your communication skills. Once you can name feelings, reframe adverse experiences, and learn to effectively cope, you will have a lifelong toolkit that will help you in overcoming depression. 

Since 2007, I have seen the incredible impact that therapy has had when it comes to individuals struggling with depression. Seeking help is a very important first step, and the fact that you’re here and reading this page is a huge stride in the right direction. 

I know that this “vest” feels heavy now, but with help and support, you can attain your goals and free yourself from the burden of depression. 

Maybe you’re ready to try therapy for your depression, but you have some questions… 

I’ve felt like this for so long—how will talking about my depression help?

Talking about your pent-up emotions and experiences is a start to processing the pain and distress you’ve been internalizing for so long. Chances are that, over time, you have begun to accept a narrative about yourself that could be written differently if given the right tools and guidance. I am here to work collaboratively with you as you make sense of your feelings and emotions, hopefully helping you to feel less trapped and alone in your depression along the way. 

Is medication part of depression treatment?

While purely therapeutic interventions can yield effective results when it comes to treating depression, the fact is that medication is sometimes necessary. Of course, the decision to take medication is entirely up to you and your medical doctor, and I will honor whatever decision you make. 

When will I feel better?

I know that struggling with the disruptive and painful symptoms of depression can feel like a never-ending battle, but I promise that this is a condition that can be managed. Many of my clients have begun to feel some immediate relief upon just simply talking about their depression. And the more energy you can dedicate to developing coping skills outside of session, the sooner you’ll feel that heavy emotional weight begin to lift. 

Your Emotions Don’t Have To Weigh You Down Any Longer

If depression has caused you to feel hopeless or unmotivated, therapeutic treatment can offer you perspective and insights for coping. To schedule a free, 15-minute consultation or to learn more about how I can help, email me or call (858) 342-2646.  

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