Do You Feel Down, Depleted Or Disengaged From Life?
Have you been sad for so long that you’ve forgotten what it’s like to feel happy and carefree? Are you struggling with relationships or to find satisfaction in your work? Perhaps you experienced a loss or breakup that left you feeling lonely, mistreated or confused. Or maybe you’re no longer taking pleasure in activities you once enjoyed. Do you feel hopeless, trapped or generally unhappy with where your life is right now?
It’s normal to feel sad, lonely or restless from time to time. This happens to everyone at some point. But, if heavy feelings are present daily, last longer than a few weeks or keep you from interacting with others and leading a balanced lifestyle, you could be experiencing clinical depression.
Depression Is Different Than Ordinary Sadness
Some people are predisposed to being depressed because of genetics or environmental factors. But often, depression affects people with no family history of the disorder. Depression can be triggered following a loss, trauma or significant life change. Feeling overwhelmed or dissatisfied with work or school can also cause you to spiral into depression if the issues are left unaddressed.
Relationship issues are another common cause of depression, and the related struggles can run the gamut. Perhaps you are single and want to date more. You may be shy, have a hard time meeting people or wonder if there is anyone out there for you. Or maybe you are in a relationship with someone who you know is not good for you. You may want to end things, but not know how. You might be scared to upset your current living situation or worried about how you’ll make it on your own.
When you’re depressed, it can seem like you hardly recognize yourself. The happy, fun-loving person you used to be may feel far away and unable to return. You may be experiencing a lot of negative self-talk and self-criticism and feel too embarrassed to let others see you this way. You might stay home a lot, avoid interacting with other people or have irregular eating and sleeping habits. Perhaps you’re hiding your lack of enthusiasm or productivity from your loved ones, which usually leads to more guilt and beating yourself up.
Depression is often described as a wave or a downward spiral, which is true. Depression is very powerful and you can feel caught up and swept away in its grasp. It can feel hard to believe that things can get better when you are in the midst of it. Your loved ones may wonder how they can help or why you never want to spend time together anymore. They may also offer oversimplified advice such as, “smile,” “go outside” or “pray” because they don’t really understand what’s going on with you.
Sound familiar? If so, read on to learn how depression treatment can help.
Depression Treatment Can Help You Feel Better And Start Engaging In Life Again
Even though being optimistic can be difficult when you’re depressed, there is help available to you and always hope for healing. It might be hard to believe in the beginning, but things can get better. Depression treatment can help you learn new behaviors, like paying attention to how your thinking and interpretation of the world around you affects your feelings. You can get to know yourself, learn how to mitigate your symptoms and gain coping skills to deal with depression during everyday life.
With help and support, you can begin to shake off your sadness, stop isolating and get back to enjoying life. Depression treatment can help you start enjoying the things and people you love again. You can feel more energetic and more like your old self. Depression treatment can also help to dramatically improve your relationships with your family, coworkers and loved ones. You can feel more engaged and connected in your everyday life instead of wanting to avoid the day.
At Philadelphia Assessment & Counseling, our goal is to help you get back to feeling happy and healthy as soon as possible. If you’ve been suffering from depression for a long time, it may take a little longer for you to experience lasting relief, but you don’t need depression treatment forever. Your therapist can teach you how to look at patterns and behaviors in your life that are contributing to feelings of heaviness, helplessness and sadness. You can also learn how to recognize the signs of depression so that you can prevent a relapse and take better care of yourself in the future.
With the help and support of an experienced, compassionate therapist, you can start living again. If you’re thinking about getting help, now is the time. It is possible to regain your sense of confidence and zest for life sooner than you think.
You may think depression treatment could help, but still have some questions or concerns…
I’m not sure anyone can help me.
Countless other people have felt exactly like you are feeling right now—hopeless. In fact, hopelessness is a classic symptom of depression. That said, we have helped many people through depression. If you are willing to do the work, we can help you, too. Think about it like this: If you don’t find some support, things will almost certainly not get better. Depression treatment is worth a try and research shows that it has a high success rate. We will determine what tools work best for you to help you through this.
I don’t have the energy to invest in therapy. It’s just too much right now.
Depression treatment will move at a pace that feels comfortable for you. We may start slower if energy is a concern. As you start feeling better, we can pick up the pace. Depression treatment is completely individualized according to your needs and life circumstances. We can start slow and address only the feelings and issues you can handle when you initially come in and adjust accordingly throughout sessions.
I can’t afford depression treatment. This will just add to my problems.
Depression treatment comes with a cost, that’s true. However, it could be the key to finally feeling better, which is invaluable. Instead of looking at it as just another bill, consider it an investment in yourself, your earning potential and your ability to be productive.
If you still have questions about depression treatment, please call for a free 15-minute consultation.* We’d be happy to discuss your therapy needs and our practice.
*all new clients must complete a consultation before being seen for an appointment