Overcoming Depression

Welcome, I’m glad you’re here.  Let’s talk about depression.  Sad subject?  Are you squirming in your seat?  Finger hovering over the back arrow?  The feelings associated with depression can be so big and overwhelming that we are at a complete loss on what to do.  We may need someone to carry our hope for us until we can find it in ourselves.  Myth dispelling here- seeking help is NOT a sign of weakness.  Asking for what you need takes lots of courage.  You can do it, and I’m here to help.  

“I can’t stop crying”… “I have zero motivation”… “I want to stay in bed all day.”  These are common experiences, and are understandable.  Depression hurts.  For some people, depression is temporary and situational- triggered by the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, being bullied, or a health crisis (to name a few).  But for others, it can be a daily uphill battle.

Everyone has a bad day from time to time.  A distinction for depression is when it persists…and you can’t “snap out of it.”  You feel sad, irritable, want to sleep all the time, have insomnia, have lost your appetite, or you just don’t care anymore.  Sometimes it is worse…and you want your suffering to stop.  Maybe you’ve even considered killing yourself.  Please don’t.  We want you here.  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline # 1-800-273-8255 for immediate help.

You do not have to suffer alone anymore.  Let someone you trust know that you are struggling and need help finding support.  Look on Psychology Today to find a therapist in your area.  Talk with your doctor about how you feel.  Taking this first step is the hardest, but you can do it.  I believe in you.  If you’d like to know more about what to expect with your first call to a therapist- take a look at my blog post titled, The First Phone Call.

Treatment for depression varies from person to person.  Maybe you’ve even tried something before and felt it didn’t help.  Try again.  You are worth it.  Until then, I am holding hope for you.