Depression is not just “feeling sad.” It is a persistent emptiness, unhappiness, and hopelessness that many must navigate on a daily basis. It affects every aspect of your life, from how you think and feel to the behaviors you gravitate toward each day. It’s not always debilitating either. There are many people who go through life wearing a mask that hides the deep pain they carry with them. You don’t have to manage this on your own.
Have you lost interest in the things you once enjoyed? Do you often feel tired and unmotivated? Do you feel disconnected from others? Disconnected from life? Maybe you are overly self-critical, or feel hopeless about your future. Depression is painful. It is heavy. You don’t have to carry this weight alone. Together we can work to rebuild a life worth living. I can help you reconnect to your purpose and meaning.
Other symptoms include:
Changes in appetite
Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
Slowed speech and movement
Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
Mindfulness-based therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment to help manage depressive symptoms. Mindfulness helps you observe and name your feelings in the moment, while cognitive therapy helps you work through them. Clients I have helped have not only learned to redirect negative self-talk, but also to see thoughts as thoughts and feelings as feelings, which has the effect of disempowering them. This approach frees clients up to put attention toward the things that truly matter in their life.
If you are struggling with depressive symptoms, and are ready to approach them in a new and empowering way, contact me today and we can get started.
“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say 'My tooth is aching' than to say 'My heart is broken.'