Does Your World Seem Dull & Draining And You Don’t Know Why?
- Are you unmotivated, sluggish, even physically achy?
- Have you lost interest in the hobbies and activities you used to enjoy?
- Do you feel as though you are not yourself?
- Are frequent negative, thoughts about yourself adding to your pain?
- Do you feel hopeless or worthless and doubt that things could ever improve?
- Do you wish you could find pleasure in life?
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You Can Feel Better Both Physically and Mentally with Depression Treatment
Many people struggle with the symptoms of depression without realizing it. You might feel off, as though you are functioning below your normal capacity. Perhaps you struggle to get out of bed in the morning, feel listless throughout the day, and find work and activities unrewarding. Maybe you dwell on the tasks you haven’t accomplished and feel irritable and frustrated.
You might have noticed changes in your sleeping and eating habits, weight gain or weight loss. Maybe you feel less motivated to take care of yourself and have begun to neglect exercise, your hygiene, or your hobbies. Perhaps you have begun to isolate yourself and feel lonely, but lack the energy to reach out to friends or loved ones. Or perhaps you have always experienced low-motivation and negative thoughts and continue to struggle to get through each day.
Depression can rob you of your happiness, energy, motivation, and hope. It’s a vicious circle. Depression slows you down mentally and physically. Everything becomes an effort and you tire easily. You do less, and then blame yourself for doing less. You come to believe that you can do nothing, and that you will never get over your depression. Then you feel more depressed. It doesn’t have to be this way! Therapy for depression can help you feel like you again.
If You Feel Helpless or Hopeless, You Are Not Alone
One in five people will experience depression at some point in their lives. Many people exclusively think of depression as a chronic, serious mental illness. While this is true for mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, major depression or major depressive disorder, it is not the only form that depressive symptoms can take.
Depression can occur after a significant change in your life, such as a break-up, the loss of a loved one, a illness diagnosis, health concerns, or a career change. In fact, major life events such as having a baby, moving, landing a new job, or losing a job can increase your risk of depression. Depression symptoms may also emerge after increasing dissatisfaction with a job, relationship, or life situation.
Depression is different for each person and we will help you understand and get to the root of your unique situation.
You Can Break the Cycle of Depression
Modern life is challenging, stressful, and increasingly disconnected. When people are depressed, they often crave community, belonging, and purpose, but also feel too down or unmotivated to actively pursue the company of friends and family or activities that once brought them joy. When depression sets in, it’s not uncommon to struggle with a low sense of self-worth and feel as though happiness is beyond reach. It becomes easy to get stuck in the trap of negative thinking.
But there is hope. With depression counseling, you can develop ways to find contentment and satisfaction with yourself and in your life.
Depression affects both mind and body; you may not feel depressed, but your body may feel different. People with depression don’t just “snap out of it.” Depression is not your fault, and it is not a sign of weakness or laziness; it is a real illness with medical causes. You do not have to face it alone. A depression counselor can help tremendously!
Depression Counseling Can Help You:
- Find your way out of depression
- Alleviate physical and emotional symptoms
- Increase positive thinking and belief systems
- Understand and express your emotional needs
- Pinpoint life problems that contribute to depression
- Improve relationships with others
- Improve your emotional health and stress management skills
- Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life
You Can Increase Your Self-Worth
At Eddins Counseling Group in Houston, Texas, our depression counselors can help you do away with feelings of shame or purposelessness and, instead, to develop self-worth, self-compassion, and self-confidence. In cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, your therapist will help you identify thinking and behavioral skills proven to reduce depression. Your therapist may also help you identify negative beliefs about yourself, your world or your future that are contributing to your feelings of depressed mood. Often beliefs we have about ourselves or our lives impact how we feel. Counseling for depression will help you create a new way of relating to and understanding yourself.
In therapy sessions, your therapist can also help you uncover thoughts and feelings that could be contributing to your unhappiness. You might be blocking emotions that need to be released or let go. Once you have identified blockages, your therapist can help you develop healthy ways to release the negative thoughts and feelings that are weighing you down.
What Kind of Therapy is Used to Treat Depression?
We Have a Comprehensive Approach to Depression Treatment
We believe in the importance of treating the whole person and may incorporate multiple types of therapy in your treatment plan. Your counselor will look at every aspect of your life to help you work through depression with your mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Sometimes, a trip to the doctor can help you discover a hormonal imbalance, physical symptoms, or an illness that might be contributing to your lack of motivation. We will also look at your lifestyle and examine the external resources you have at your disposal.
There may also be new solutions to the problems or issues you are facing in your life. We can help you assess what is working and what isn’t working and find a new way. Learning to set healthy boundaries in relationships and home and work can have a big impact in reducing symptoms of depression. Since we are trained in multiple therapy types including career and relationship counseling, we can help you create a plan to improve your life situation. Overcoming depression is often a comprehensive treatment approach.
Depression Therapy Includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment Among Others
There are specific types of therapy that have been shown through research to be highly beneficial for overcoming depression and improving mood. Your therapist will evaluate your symptoms and set goals collaboratively with you. Your treatment plan may incorporate one of the following types of treatment approaches or others not listed here depending on your unique situation.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps you to shift your perceptions/thoughts, behaviors and mood. CBT also teaches you new coping skills to manage depression and negative thinking patterns. Establishing healthy beliefs about yourself and the world can improve all aspects of your life: mood, relationships, career and overall well-being.
Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy is a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps with strong or overwhelming emotions, distressing events and interpersonal relationships. DBT can help you learn coping skills to improve the negative aspects of depression.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is another modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses on how thoughts, feelings and behavior impact well-being. ACT skills can help you cultivate greater compassion for yourself and learn behavior change strategies in line with what matters most to you.
Interpersonal Therapy may be incorporated to help you address your relationships, particularly if lack of social support is contributing to depressive symptoms.
Stress Management skills can help you learn new ways of coping with routine life problems and situations, which can prevent depression symptoms from returning.
The Weight of Depression Can be Lifted
We believe that you have resources, skills, and talents within yourself that you can use to turn your outlook around with the use of new skills. Your counselor will help you find those resources and put them to use. Through talk therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and lifestyle changes, you can begin to feel alive again.
Perhaps you feel that counseling can help, but you may have questions or concerns…
Will Depression Treatment Involve Medication?
Many people worry that they will be instantly prescribed medication for depression. We will take into account all the physical, emotional, life, and mental health factors that may be contributing to your depression. Your therapist will evaluate you individually, talk about treatment strategies, and may refer you to a psychiatrist if you both agree that medication is a viable option.
Medication is not the first step, but we may find that, in your unique situation, that antidepressant medication could benefit you, even if taken temporarily. Used in combination with therapy, it may help you clear a hurdle and start making positive changes in your life. Medication and cognitive behavior therapy is an effective treatment for depression, especially in depressive disorders with a biological or genetic link. You do not have to take medication forever. And, your therapist will only recommend medication to treat depression if he or she truly believes it will help you on your journey to well-being. After assessing your symptoms, your therapist will discuss treatment options. Collaboratively, you will determine the next best steps to relieve your depression symptoms, including complementary and integrative health options. .
Will Talking About My Problems Make Me Feel Worse?
Often, people wonder if openly sharing feelings and issues will cause them pain. In sessions, you share openly and honestly so that you and your therapist can identify your emotions, fears, worries, and hopes. Holding negative emotions in allows them to build. This can impact small daily choices as well as your long-term mental, emotional, and physical well-being. When your thoughts and emotions are out in the air, you can better understand them. With therapy, you can find a way to release those feelings and feel relief.
“Therapy has provided me with a “safe and honest” realm. A safe place where I can reveal myself deeply and honestly. This is not easy for at times, but it is something that I am gradually incorporating into my daily life. Therapy is a treasure box of healthy living. I highly recommend it.”
How Long Will Depression Therapy Take?
Many people worry that therapy will be time consuming or take too long. We invite you to remember that you are in charge of your own treatment. Some people find it valuable to learn how to manage symptoms. Others feel that they will benefit if they take the time to really address and change deeply held beliefs and negative thought patterns.
The length of treatment can vary depending on your type of depression. If you seek treatment at the first sign of depression or after your first depressive episode, short term therapy may be sufficient. If you have experienced a trauma, substance abuse, have been suffering for a long time, or other mental health concerns, you will probably benefit from more sessions. Treatment of depression is an investment in your long-term well-being and mental health. You can take the time you need to feel better in your life.
What About Postpartum Counseling?
Welcoming a new baby or giving birth increases your risk of depression. Many women will experience symptoms of postpartum depression after baby. Others may experience postpartum anxiety. Mood swings are common after childbirth. As are the baby blues. Postpartum depression however, is a more serious, longer lasting form of depression.
Risk factors for developing postpartum depression include a prior history of depression, depression and anxiety during pregnancy, and recent stressful life events among others. This points to the importance of early treatment for depression if you recognize symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression after a new baby, reach out for help. You can learn new coping skills no matter how tired or run down you feel. If child care is an issue, we also offer online therapy via video to make depression counseling services available to you.
Am I Just Grieving or is this Depression?
It’s normal to feel pain and sadness after experiencing a loss. This is part of grief and loss. Common signs of depression such as difficulty sleeping, change in appetite, fatigue, lack of energy and crying are also a normal part of the grief process (i.e., not depression per se). We all cope with grief in our own unique way. When grief takes over your life however, and you find it difficult, if not impossible, to function in your daily life, you may be depressed. Grief counseling can be an important part of the grief recovery process. Combined with depression treatment, you can get unstuck and find a way to live your life again.
I Don’t Have Any Resources. I Feel Overwhelmed.
Recovery from depression may seem hopeless or overwhelming. It can feel “too hard” at first. We firmly believe that you do have the resources you need inside of you already. You may just not see them or know how to use them yet. In individual therapy, you will identify what is working. Then, you’ll learn how to increase those resources while developing new skills you can use. We’ll also help you identify your strengths and express them in a way that works for your life. We can help you build the confidence you need to move forward in your life. There is hope.
I’m Worried that My Child or Teen May be Suffering from Depression.
Children and teens experience depression for many of the same reasons as adults. Life stressors, change, life transitions, relationships, etc. Helping kids cope with depression while they are young teaches them resiliency skills they can use for life. We offer depression counseling for children and teens. Our child and teen counselors are trained specifically in working with the unique issues facing children or teens respectively. Read more about teen depression help and child counseling services.
There Is Hope For a Happy, Fulfilling Future
If you are struggling with depression, you may not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The qualified therapists at Eddins Counseling Group can help you find the courage to take the first step. With depression treatment, you can find excitement, hope, and joy again.
We have licensed therapists providing counseling for depression near the Heights and Montrose neighborhoods in Houston. We also offer online therapy via secure video. Some people with depression find it difficult to build motivation to leave the house. Others struggle with both anxiety and depression. Online counseling provides a way to get help from a specialized depression therapist in the comfort of your home or office.