Who Benefits from Therapy for Depression?

Major symptoms of depression include:

  1. Sleeping too often or not enough
  2. Eat too much or not enough
  3. Being overly tearful/emotional
  4. Not being able to focus, concentrate or get much done
  5. Feeling a lack of joy or passion and a lack of desire to socialize or have fun

Simple things like seeing friends, family, socializing and going to work, can feel overwhelming or impossible. Sometimes these feelings of depression are complicated by thoughts of suicide.

Other symptoms of Depression can include:

Struggle with feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem
Feel trapped by a sense of duty
Are not able to do things with ease that they were able to do before
Are dealing with loss or multiple losses
Feel helpless and hopeless about their future

Signs You May Be Suffering From Depression

You may notice a decrease in how you take care of yourself or your appearance, have weight problems, or ruminations and repetitious statements about negative thoughts, situations or experiences. You may feel incompetent, inadequate or unable to deal with situations. Some people feel an inability to make decisions or feeling as if they can’t do anything right.

What is depression?

Major depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. It is a serious medical illness that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health. There is situational depression which is a result of adjusting to a new situation, which will often disappear once the situation improves. And, there is chronic depression, that is often hereditary and can come and go for years.

Either way, the great majority of all depression is manageable.

Depression is usually a result of loss that results in feelings of anger, inadequacy or grief.  Depression can be inherited, chronic, or situational. Situations can include, but not be limited to, any of the following:

  • Unresolved losses, actual or perceived
  • Neglectful, abusive, domineering, overprotective relationships
  • Identity problems (self, sexual)
  • Negative body image, actual or perceived
  • Doubt concerning one’s self-worth and abilities
  • Unresolved losses, actual or perceived
  • Death of a loved family member or death of a close friend
  • Major career change, especially if it is a setback
  • Neglectful, abusive, domineering, overprotective relationships
  • Not wanting a divorce or marital separation but your partner does
  • Wanting divorce or marital separation but feeling that you can’t leave
  • Personal injury or prolonged illness, dealing with unwanted physical limitations
  • Major legal problems or loss of financial stability
  • Inability to feel that you have purpose or meaning in your life
  • Infidelity discovered in the marriage
  • Struggling with the shame and guilt of Addiction (Loss of Self Esteem)
  • Loving someone who battles with alcohol, drugs, a chronic physical illness or a mental illness
  • Chronic conflict with coworkers or supervisors
  • Job dissatisfaction or being laid off
  • Wanting to leave your religion but not wanting to loose your support system

Depression can be compounded when you experience multiple stressors at the same time. Fortunately, treatment can often prevent sysmptoms from getting worse and make necessary and desirable improvements in mood behavior.

Treatment Philosophy for Depression

My philosophy is that depression is manageable and that symptoms can be improved or eliminated with accurate treatment. My first goal is to get you medically stable and feeling physically better in the shortest amount of time possible. Often, this is done with medications or other treatment modalities. Together we discuss treatment options available and what options are best for you and what options you feel most comfortable with for your situation.

Then we can work on emotional changes that give the situation less power over your live. As a therapist, I help you look at the situation and look at different ways to prosper even through the adversity. We look at choices and ways to get your life back. The goal is that you feel you have a sense of control over your life, you feel more realistic and positive about yourself, your negative mind-set and self-defeating thoughts change to thoughts that add to your life. And that you feel increasing self-esteem and worth. And to feel you have a life of purpose with plans for the future.

How I can Help

I have worked with depression for 25+ years and helped people manage and sometimes eliminate symptoms of depression. My nursing background gives me the knowledge and understanding regarding how the medications work and ways to get optimal effects. Often people are not given the proper information or instructions regarding what to expect and how to get the most out of their medication. I work with you until you reach a place where you feel better and that there is hope for the future. I also have psychiatrists who would not only work with you but who would communicate with me so we have a “team” approach. If you already have a psychiatrist, I would make an attempt to communicate with him or her with your consent.

I can guide and support you, to take steps to get to the other side. Without feeling depressed, you can feel better, be able to concentrate and focus, and get more things done. You can feel optimistic, and have a positive and hopeful attitude. You can feel good, because you’re functioning well and enjoy life again.

Do you think you may be suffering from depression?
Would you like to learn more about treating depression?
Do you want to feel better and enjoy life?

Contact me at 713-524-9525 or fill out the form below. I welcome your call so we can discuss your specific situation and the benefits therapy may provide for you.

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