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. 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! Depression counseling 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 certainly one kind of depression, it is not the only form that it 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, or a career change. Or, symptoms can emerge due to 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.
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 others 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.
But there is hope. With help, 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. Depression counseling 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
- Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life
You Can Increase Your Self-Worth
At Eddins Counseling Group in Houston, Texas, we can help you do away with feelings of shame or purposelessness and, instead, to develop self-worth, self-compassion, and self-confidence. In counseling sessions, your therapist will help you identify your core beliefs about yourself. Often beliefs we have about ourselves or our lives impact how we feel. Your therapist 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.
Comprehensive Approach to Depression Treatment
We believe in the importance of treating the whole person. Your therapist 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 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. Since we are trained in multiple areas including career and relationship counseling, we can help you create a plan to improve your life situation.
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 therapist will help you find those resources and put them to use. Through talk 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. We will take into account all the physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental 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 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. You do not have to take medication forever. And, your therapist will only recommend medication if he or she truly believes it will help you on your journey to well-being.
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, which 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 with Casey is a treasure box of healthy living. I highly recommend it.”
How Long Will 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, while 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 depression. If you have experienced a trauma or have been suffering for a long time, you will probably benefit from more sessions. Therapy is an investment in your long-term well-being. You can take the time you need to feel better in your life.
I Don’t Have Any Inner Resources. I Feel Overwhelmed.
You may be convinced that you do not have any inner strengths and 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. Your therapist will help you identify what is working and amplify it as well as develop 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.
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.