Let's be honest... depression f*@#ing sucks!!
We know, we know... 'language'! But seriously, if you're battling depression, your life probably feels directionless and unfulfilling at the moment, and that really does f*@#ing suck because it's not the life you envisioned for yourself!
You struggle to enjoy things like you used to, or like you think you should, and stuff that once gave you pleasure seems pretty meaningless nowadays.
Day-to-day responsibilities become more tedious and unbearable than before, and you're getting a little too familiar with the urge to withdraw, cry, or shut down completely.
You've lost touch with your drive, what you truly value, and what matters most in life. And to make matters worse, you're struggling to connect with the people closest to you.
You're hesitant to be more social or lean on others for support, because either you don't trust they'll understand where you're coming from, or because you haven't found the right words or time to tell them just how much you're truly hurting.
Either way, you feel alone... and that loneliness is starting to feel unbearable.
You feel incapable, incompetent, and inadequate. Guilt and shame set in, and you find yourself saying:
"What's the use?!"
"What the heck is wrong with me?!"
"Everything is just too much for me to think about right now!"
you may also start to:
Sleep more or less often
Stop talking to family and friends
Skip work/class/or other important obligations
Get irritable or emotionally overwhelmed easily
Miss meals altogether or eat more than you usually do to numb the pain
The more empty and misunderstood you feel, the more you shut down... and this cycle merely continues as you fall deeper into the hopelessness of never feeling like your life is worthwhile.
You're not alone!
Depression can take a serious toll on a person's physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as their relationships, work, and overall quality of life.
Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. It's the leading cause of disability worldwide, and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
Not only does depression impact a diverse range of people, it impacts people in different ways. Yep, that's right! You don't have to be crying all the time to be depressed.
Maybe you don't understand why you're feeling depressed. Or maybe you have an idea why, but you lack the energy and confidence necessary to break out of the funk you're in. Either way, let us help.
We can help!
You want to change... to feel happier... to pick yourself up by the bootstraps like everyone always tells you to do. ("Ha! If only it were that easy to cope and turn things around, right?!")
If you're like most people we work with in this situation, the idea of getting from where you are now to where you want to be, while still feeling as crappy and unmotivated as you do, feels next to impossible! You need help, direction, and more importantly... hope!
Well try not to be too hard on yourself, cause kicking depression's ass is hard work.
And the truth is... there is no magic coping formula for this kind of stuff! Whatever you've done so far to cope isn't wrong, it just isn't working in the sense that it isn't getting you the results you want. We can help give you new ideas, give you ongoing support, and help you break down your goals into manageable chunks.
You don't have to suffer alone AND you don't have to suffer forever! In fact, research suggests that most cases of depression are highly treatable.
Sometimes you just need a fresh outlook, someone in your corner, and an extra nudge in the right direction... and who better to give you that nudge than a professional who knows this stuff inside and out?!
Counseling can help you
Understand your depression better
Overcome fears and insecurities
Cope with stress more effectively
Define and reach your wellness goals
Increase your confidence and self esteem
Find Direction - decide where you want to be, how to get there, and what progress to look for
Be more present and live in the moment as opposed to the past
Stop negative self talk in its tracks
Establish a stable, dependable routine
Improve relationships with family and friends
End destructive habits
Understand why things bother you and what you can do about them
Make sense of past traumatic experiences
And develop a clear plan for coping with crisis
We'd be happy to answer any questions you have, tell you more about our services, and help you decide which therapist or type of therapy is best suited to your needs. Contact us today to schedule a free 30 minute phone consult!