"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
                                                        
Albert Einstein

DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY COUNSELING OF AUSTIN
 KAREN HAMPTON, LCSW

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DEPRESSION

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION*

                               -  Depressed Mood  
                            -  Significantly Decreased Interest or Pleasure in most 
                               Activities
      
                            -  Poor Appetite or Overeating
                            -  Insomnia or Sleeping Too Much
                            -  Low Energy or Fatigue
                            -  Low Self-Esteem or Feelings of Worthlessness
                            -  Poor Concentration or Difficulty Making Decisions
                            -  Feeling of Hopelessness
                            -  Recurrent Thoughts of Death or Suicide


            *Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel of Mental Disorders, 1994

    There’s a sense of heaviness about depression, a weariness from which you can't seem to escape.  It’s like the volume on life has been turned down.  There’s a flatness to life; a lack of vitalityWithdrawal and isolation from others is common, often leading to even more depression.  The very symptoms of depression; deep sadness, feeling hopeless and in despair, shame, feelings of worthlessness, decreased interest, fatigue, difficulty making decisions, and suicidal thoughts; often make it difficult to make a counseling appointment in the first place, much less follow through with counseling to it’s completion.

    I appreciate what a huge and courageous step it is to seek counseling when feeling hopeless, deep sadness, or in despair.  If you think that you may be depressed and are ready to take this step and receive  help, please feel free to call (512) 339-1694, text, or email me karen@depressionanxietycounselingaustin.com to set up a counseling appointment.


      I WILL HELP YOU:
     

              -  Make Sense out of what is happening and why
               -  Be Curious about and explore other feelings which may have a
                   connection to your depressed mood, such as anger, fear, or
                   even joy.  These feelings may need to be attended to in order for
                   the depression to lift.
              -  Grieve Losses which may be associated with the depression,
                  whether it be loss of a  person, hope, ideal, dream, or
                  opportunity
              -  Be Compassionate with yourself and others
              -  Decide whether Forgiveness might be helpful, and, if so,
                  what this might look like for you.  (For an excellent book on this
                  topic, see The Forgiving Self, by Robert Karen in the  
                 RESOURCES  section). 
              -  Know, Value, and Cherish your True, Authentic Self
              -  Improve the Quality of your Relationships 
              -  Hope for the Future
              -  Choose, Embrace, and Celebrate Life.


    If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression and would like additional information, or to set up a counseling appointment for help with your depression, please feel free to call (512) 339-1694, text, or email me karen@depressionanxietycounselingaustin.com.  I will not leave you all alone to experience these big and sometimes scary feelings all by yourself.  I look forward to hearing from you.







                Depression and Anxiety Counseling of Austin serves the online community, as well as communities in Central Texas, including:  Austin, 
              Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock, Liberty Hill, Georgetown, Lake Travis, Lago Vista, Lakeway, Jonestown, Dripping Springs, Pflugerville,
                                                                                                                       Wells Branch, Hutto, Taylor, Manor.

           I provide Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy for Adults, Seniors, Young Adults.  Help with and Treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Grief 
            and Loss, Sadness, Despair, Shame, Feeling Hopeless, Thoughts of Suicide, Stress, Panic, Relationships, Parenting, Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse,
                                                                                                                   Anger Management, Personal Growth.

                                                                                                                                    Karen Hampton, LCSW
                                                                                                                                     12741 Research Blvd.
                                                                                                                                   Building 300, Suite 300
                                                                                                                                        Austin, TX  78759
                                                                                                                                   Phone  (512) 339-1694