Do You Have Signs of Depression?
- Are you no longer interested in the things you used to enjoy?
- Do you lack energy and motivation?
- Do you easily become frustrated and annoyed with people over minor things?
- Do you make excuses not to get together with friends or family and spend more time at home doing nothing?
- Do you feel overwhelmed or unhappy most of the time?
- Has your appetite significantly changed so that you’re eating more or less than usual?
- Do you have a hard time with sleep — either getting too much or not enough?
- Do you find yourself drinking alcohol more frequently?
There are many different types and symptoms of depression. If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you may be experiencing some level of depression. Several “yes” answers might indicate that you’re experiencing clinical depression. Signs of depression can be difficult to pin-point because they are complicated and may differ depending on your personality type or past experiences. In most cases, though, you just don’t feel like you’re able to be your best self. You may not even know what your best is or looks like. When you’re depressed, you may experience moments of happiness, but deep down you know something is off. You want to feel happy and enjoy your life; you just don’t know how.
All People Occasionally Experience Symptoms of Depression
It is normal to experience “ups and downs” throughout your life. But when periods of sadness never seem to alleviate or they become more frequent and/or more intense, you may be struggling with depression. Sometimes, life stressors become overwhelming and you feel like you just can’t “catch a break.” Life is can be unpredictable and sometimes we all encounter unexpected turbulence. Coping strategies that have worked in the past may no longer do the trick, and you feel overwhelmed and helpless. If getting through each day is getting more and more difficult or you find yourself feeling a sense of unhappiness at your core, it’s time for you to feel some relief.
Treatment for Depression Can Help You Feel Better Again
Depression therapy helps people with a variety of symptoms regain a sense of hope and find immediate, short term and/or long term relief. Depression treatment draws on empirically driven tools that can help you understand what drives your depression so that you can effectively manage difficult emotions and lesson uncomfortable symptoms should they recur. Depression treatment can also provide methods to promote emotional balance so that you can enjoy your life and resolve your conflicts with greater ease and confidence.
I provide a safe, compassionate environment for you to explore your innermost challenges, struggles, needs and desires. Throughout our sessions together, I can help you identify and achieve your individualized therapy goals. We will begin our treatment by seeking out ways for you to experience immediate relief, and once you do, we will go deeper into the origins of your symptoms. Depression treatment can help you attain awareness of how your history influences your behavior now, and with that knowledge, you can effectively manage your emotions and decrease the chances of recurring symptoms.
I have successfully helped people with all types of depression for over 15 years. With my unique and proven help and support, recovery and joy are possible.
Although you understand the need for depression treatment, you still have some lingering concerns…
Will I have to take medication?
You will never “have” to do anything that you’re not comfortable with. With that being said, depression can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Some people’s symptoms are significant enough that medication may be a healthy and positive option. Some research studies even suggest that the most effective treatment for depression is a combination of medication and talk-therapy. If you have questions about medication, we can discuss a variety of different treatment options that meet your expectations and comfort level.
I’ve been through these feelings before and they’ve gone away without treatment.
We all experience different levels of sadness throughout our lives. However, if you have recurring bouts of intolerable sadness, then therapy can help you understand your emotions and develop specific ways to overcome heavy emotions. When you learn and develop these strategies, you increase the likelihood of managing these uncomfortable sensations when they arise again in the future.
I barely have the energy to handle daily life, let alone therapy.
Symptoms of depression can include fatigue, lack of motivation and lack of energy, and I understand how hard it can be to reach out and make that first appointment. Most people don’t, and they continue to feel alone and suffer in silence, afraid to admit that they’re depressed. If this is you, I encourage you to at least try therapy. Many people are surprised at how much of a difference it makes and how much better they feel.
If you want some relief from your symptoms or if you still have questions about depression treatment, I invite you to call me at 781-862-6772 for a free 15-minute phone consultation.