Are You Struggling To Find Joy In Life?
Does it you feel like you have fallen down a black hole and can’t get out? Do waves of sadness or hopelessness disrupt your life on a daily or weekly basis? Maybe you’re experiencing physical symptoms of depression, such as a tight throat, appetite fluctuation, trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, fatigue or frequent headaches? Or perhaps you’re struggling to take pleasure in the people, places and activities in your life that once brought you joy. Have you recently experienced a heart wrenching loss, such as a broken relationship, layoff or financial troubles? Do you wish you could find a way to let go of your sadness and start feeling happy, motivated and confident again?
Depression can cause you to feel stuck and create negative emotions that arise without warning throughout the day. You may wake up dreading getting out of bed. At work, you may feel worthless, making it difficult to concentrate and complete routine tasks. At home or in social situations, you may feel the need to isolate yourself, which can strain your relationships with family members or friends. At night, you may have trouble falling asleep as you dwell on negative thoughts. Even if you manage to fall asleep, you may often wake up in the middle of the night feeling empty.
Depression Is More Common Than You May Think
Studies show that one in three adults will suffer from depression at some point in their lives. Many contemporary factors may contribute to the prevalence of depression in our society. Poor relationship skills and communication problems play a big role in causing someone to spiral down with feelings of hopelessness. The overuse of technology can also contribute to feelings of disconnection and cause people to feel empty in their real world interactions. Furthermore, constant stressful news on TV and the internet can elicit feeling of fear and cause people to lose trust in others.
Even though some types of depression are genetic, episodes of depression can also be triggered by stressful events, such as losses, relationship troubles or financial burdens. A decrease in spirituality can also increase feelings of hopelessness.
The good news is that there is hope. While depression is one of the most common disorders plaguing Americans today, it is also one of the most commonly and effectively treated. Depression treatment can help you rediscover joy, improve your relationships and create meaning in all aspects your life.
Depression Treatment Can Help You Find Happiness Again
During safe and compassionate depression treatment sessions, you and your experienced therapist can work together to find ideal solutions to mitigate your negative thoughts and emotions, as well as strengthen your self-esteem.
The methods of treating depression vary widely, and your therapist will tailor-create a treatment strategy that best supports your unique experiences and any possible chemical imbalances. Therapy will be a collaborative process and take into account your specific issues and goals for improvement.
One of the most important first steps to feeling relief from depression is identifying a support system and resources. Your therapist will help you restore relationships with your loved ones and friends so you will have someone to talk to outside of therapy. In addition, your therapist can also help you find external resources, such as engaging books and movies that can help you heal.
In depression treatment sessions, your therapist can also provide you with effective coping strategies, which you can use to experience relief on a daily basis. Your therapist can help you identify negative thought patterns, including the automatic negative thoughts you repeatedly have, and help you reframe your thought process. Digging deeper into your history, you and your therapist will identify the root causes and triggers to your feelings of sadness and hopelessness. For example, if your depression is triggered by a broken relationship, your therapist can help you find value in that relationship, accept your loss and feel confident moving on.
Your individualized treatment approach is designed to help you achieve your goals. If you suffer from chronic depression, your therapist may use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) or clinical hypnosis to help you break free from long-term suffering. Your therapist may also incorporate journaling, role play, sleep hygiene tips and other healthy habit tips during into your treatment plan in order to help you find and sustain the most effective methods of relief.
Since 1994, the therapists at Personal Growth Counseling have helped countless adults find joy in life. While our professional staff has a diverse set of specialties, we all have a Master’s or doctorate degree. We also all participate in continuing education in order to stay current with the best strategies to treat depression.
Although you may feel overwhelmed with sadness, hopelessness and emptiness, there is always help and hope. Millions of Americans have learned how to manage and eventually overcome depression through therapy. You, too, can work through painful feelings, learn effective ways to cope with stress and begin living a meaningful, satisfying life.
I believe I need depression treatment, but I still have a few questions and concerns…
I have a long history of depression. How can a stranger fully understand me and help me?
It is very common to have hesitations about speaking to a therapist whom you have not met before about your depression. While it’s true that our therapists have not been with you throughout your life and experienced your pain first hand, we have successfully treated countless individuals with depression – all of who have come from a wide variety of backgrounds. During depression treatment sessions, you will have the opportunity to talk about your history with one of our expert therapists. Together, you and your therapist will come up with an individualized plan that fits all of your needs and helps you fulfill your goals.
I am worried what my friends and family will think of me if I seek depression treatment.
Our therapy sessions are always 100 percent confidential. If you do choose to tell your friends and family that you are seeking help, most likely they will be happy that you have taken this courageous step to find relief.
My negative thoughts are not overwhelming all of the time. Do I really need therapy?
Although you may not suffer from constant feelings of sadness or hopelessness, sporadic negative thinking patterns can quickly escalate into larger problems. The sooner you seek depression treatment, the better your chances are for a fast and effective recovery. In depression treatment sessions, you can learn techniques that can help you handle future hurdles in your life. When you are faced with negative emotions down the road, you will have the tools and confidence to move forward.
You Can Rediscover Joy In Your Life
You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to find happiness again. If you are ready to feel joyful, motivated and confident, we invite you to call us for a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your needs and how depression treatment can help you.