You are not alone. We have many years of experience and training in helping people with depression because of just how common it is in our society. You can feel better. Many of our clients have found great success.
Depression affects millions of people in this country. It is always troubling, and for some people it can be disabling. Depression is more than just sadness or “the blues.” It can have an impact on nearly every aspect of a person’s life. People who suffer from depression may experience despair and worthlessness, and this can have an enormous impact on both personal and professional relationships.
When a person suffers from depression, it can affect every part of his or her life, including one’s physical body, one’s behavior, thought processes, mood, ability to relate to others, and general lifestyle.
Symptoms of Depression
People who are diagnosed with clinical depression have a combination of symptoms from the following list:
Feelings of hopelessness, even when there is reason to be hopeful
Fatigue or low energy / Much less interest or pleasure in most regular activities
Low self-esteem / Feeling worthless
Excessive or inappropriate guilt
Lessened ability to think or concentrate / Indecisiveness
Thinking distorted thoughts
Weight loss or gain without dieting / Change in appetite
Change in sleeping patterns
Recurrent thoughts of death and/or suicidal thoughts
Feelings of restlessness or being slowed down
When a person is suffering from depression, these symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. This means that the person’s family and social relationships, as well as work life, are impaired.
When a person is suffering from depression, symptoms such as these are not the result of a chronic psychotic disorder, substance abuse, general medical condition, or bereavement.
Depression may be associated with physical events such as other diseases, physical trauma, and hormonal changes. A person who is depressed should always have a physical examination as part of the assessment process to determine the role of physical causes. We ask all our clients to have a complete physical through their primary physician if they have not yet done so.
We are trained and experienced in a variety of approaches. The following are just some of the modalities we utilize:
You learn to identify and change unproductive thought patterns by observing your feelings and learning to reframe and develop a more helpful perspective.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Utilizing the skills taken from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, we can help reduce depression by teaching and building skills that focus on being more present-focused, assertive and identify thoughts that may lead us into unproductive thought cycles. In turn, we can teach your strategies to help develop new ways of coping and how to be more aware, and in charge of, your thoughts and behaviors.
Many people with depression benefit from self-hypnosis, guided visualization, and progressive relaxation techniques to help combat any stress that may be causing and driving the depression.
What our clients are sharing (taken from our classes & around the web):
If you are feeling suicidal or are having any thought of harming yourself, this is considered an emergency and you should not wait for an appointment with us: Please reach out to the 1-800-273-8255.