If you are one of the 1 out of every 6 adults affected by depression, you know only too well how difficult depression is to live with. Depressed people lose interest in the things they usually like to do and often feel sluggish, irritable, or fatigued. Waves of sadness and feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt for no particular reason are commonplace.
Women and men are affected differently - because many men believe that expressing emotions is a feminine trait, they often do not seek clinical help for depression; this may be one of the reasons why CDC findings show that men are about four times more likely than women to commit suicide. Depression in children may look different than it does in adults. If you are afraid your child is depressed look for changes in school performance, behaviors, and sleep patterns.
Remember, depression is NOT a personal weakness, nor is it something that can just be "willed away," no matter how hard you try. Through therapy we can ease the pain and help give you a more positive outlook on life. Together, we can teach you how to learn from your depression without being lost in it.
With our help, you will:
- Identify distored or negative thought patterns that contribute to feelings of hopelessness
- Improve your self-esteem
- Reduce self-defeating behaviors
- Develop a sense of trust in your abilities
- Gain a greater sense of fulfillment in your life
- Restore or increase connection and intimacy in relationships
- Become a part of life again!