Depression is not your fault or a sign of weakness. It is a medical illness that needs to be treated, just like diabetes or heart disease. Over 120 million people worldwide suffer from depression. We have all experienced times of sadness, as it is an important part of the human experience. Depression differs from sadness, however, in that it carries an extreme and debilitating quality. Symptoms of depression are severe, persistent, and often impact our personal and professional lives. Because depression affects our thoughts, emotions, behaviors and physical body, it is important to seek professional care that encompasses these parts of ourselves.
Whatever the cause of your depression, be it a family history of depression that puts you at risk, or if you are experiencing a major life hardship, therapy can help. Brain imaging studies have revealed that talk therapy can actually rewire our brains! Simply put, changing the way we think causes physical changes in the brain that lead to greater well-being.
Feeling better takes time but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day. The key is to start small and build from there. In our work together, we will move away from feeling stuck. Treatment for depression almost always involves Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), where you will learn how to challenge negative thought patterns and (re) discover a more pleasurable equilibrium within yourself. I will help you adjust your routine to include enjoyable activities that you normally don't have the desire or energy to try. We will focus on self-care, including nutrition, sleep and exercise to help to fight off the depression and its isolating effects. Medication is a viable option and this portion of treatment should be discussed further with your doctor.
I will help you heal and, in the process, discover a new way of being in the world, one in which you can experience the joy and happiness that is your birthright.
Sad or depressed mood
Less interest or pleasure in usual activities
Withdraw from or avoid people
Finding it harder than usual to do things
Seeing yourself as worthless
Difficulty making decisions
Recurrent thoughts of death
Spending time thinking about a suicide plan
Seeing the future as hopeless
Tiredness or loss of energy
Significant weight loss or decrease in appetite
Significant weight gain
Changes in sleep pattern
Decreased sexual desire