“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein
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
- Feelings of Hopelessness
- Recurrent Thoughts of Death or Suicide
*Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel of Mental Disorders, 5th edition
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 vitality. Withdrawal 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 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. 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.