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Are you feeling sad most of the time? Have you lost interest in people, places, things or activities you once enjoyed?  Do you find it difficult to get moving to complete even small tasks? If you are thinking yes, yes or yes please continue reading.

Increasing numbers of the American adult population are suffering from clinical depression.  It is estimated one in five people will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime.  No one likes feeling depressed and it is natural to want to get rid of or avoid those thoughts, feelings, memories, sensations and urges.  Scientific evidence supports the fact that attempts to get rid of or avoid unwanted private experiences may actually create more suffering.  If you are one of the millions that have been diagnosed with depression or suspect you might be depressed, there is help available with or without the use of medication.

My approach in treating depression starts with helping clients understand their depression and teaches them that by taking the tiniest steps to face their fears—and difficult thoughts and feelings—they can learn in time to decrease suffering.  Together, we design an individualized plan with healthy ways that work  to boost mood and seriously interrupt the self destructive cycles of depression.

Depression         “Everything that is faced can’t be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Ballwin

What is Depression?

Depression is more than feeling sad, it is an illness. Depression is feeling intense sadness that lasts for several days, weeks, or months and that keeps a person from functioning properly. When people are depressed they may also feel helpless, hopeless, and worthless. Depression can be triggered by stress, lack of physical movement, hormonal changes, genetics, emotional setbacks, tragedies, or gender.

Depression is nothing to be ashamed about. The sooner you recognize that you have depression, the faster you can overcome the impact it has had on your loss of joy in life.

Warning Signs of Depression
  • A sense of restlessness

  • Feeling fatigued or having a loss of energy almost everyday

  • Having a depressed mood most of the day

  • Impaired concentration

  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed

  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

  • Significant weight loss or weight gain

Symptoms

The following are common symptoms of depression. However, nobody experiences depression the same or has the same symptoms.

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

  • Fatigue or decreased energy

  • Feeling of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness

  • Feeling sad, anxious, or empty

  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed

  • Loss of pleasure in life

  • Persistent aches and pains that are not fixed with treatment

  • Severe weight gain or loss

  • Thoughts of suicide/attempting to commit suicide

Counseling and Treatment

The main therapeutic techniques I use to help my clients manage and treat their depression is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness training and Compassion training.  I focus on helping you become aware of what is happening before feelings of intense sadness and learn to open up around and not struggle with those feelings.  In time, clients learn those sad thoughts and feelings are not your friend or your enemy.  From there we work on affirming ways to improve your relationship with yourself and others over the long-term.

 

 

For more on information how we can work together, call 314-308-0627 or contact me online at www.bellinnerwellcounseling.com