Getting Out of the Grip of Depression
- Do you find yourself feeling bogged down or sad?
- Not sure why you just can’t seem to “pull yourself together”?
- Does the stress of everyday life seem too overwhelming to you?
- Do you find yourself wondering “why me…why is this happening to me”?
- Does it feel like you are all alone in your depression, sorrow, pain, or fear?
- Are there times when you feel like depression is happening all at once day after day or week after week?
- Do you feel a lot of anger inside…being angry toward others or yourself?
- Does your relationship issues add to your depression?
- Do you feel stuck, in a fog?
- Are you in the habit of apologizing to others for many things?
- Feel like you are a burden to others especially those who care about you?
- Are you experiencing depression as a result of loss in your life?
If you answered “yes” to a few or many of these questions, you share a lot of things in common with those in the grip of depression. Quite frankly, you are not alone. Many people we have counseled have experienced bouts of depression, times of great sadness, and just not feeling themselves. Sometimes overwhelming stress can take its toll on your mind and body adding to your depression. If you are thinking about asking for help — to seek out hope, to feel good, be more optimistic, confident, willing to find peace for yourself and new ways to cope with life, this is your opportunity to get the help you need. There is hope. Therapy can be a place to sort out the difficulties of life, discover and uncover healthy ways of coping with unforeseen circumstances and reclaim a sense of well-being and confidence in you as a human being. You are why we do what we do…to help you and others work through your depression, anger, fears, and grief toward more health, healing, and well-being.
We have found that being sad, anxious, or feeling stress, anger, or at times regret or resentment are recognizable responses and feelings to things that are sometimes traumatic, difficult, awkward, complex, and at times conflictual situations or relationships. In our counseling experiences, we have met with many many people who have had these and other responses and feelings when they come to therapy.
There may be questions you may have, things that may keep you from seeking therapy or following through with coming. So, let’s take a look at some of these questions
What keeps you from going to counseling?
You may find yourself saying things like…
“I don’t like to talk about my problems with anybody….they wouldn’t understand”
“I’ve been let down by many people…including my family and friends”
“It’s hard to trust anyone”
“What good does talking about it do”?
“It’s not that bad, is it”?
How is counseling gonna do me any good”?
“I don’t see any way out”
Realizing how you are coping and feeling now and getting an idea that it’s not working too well really does prepare you to reach out for help. Getting through the first counseling session or two can be scary when you are not sure what to expect and when you are reluctant or not really ready to sort some things out. We understand. Many times we have found that just getting started begins the process of gaining empathy and compassion from a warm, caring counselor who is willing to walk you through the difficulties toward emotional and mental well being. We find many times that our clients discover hidden strengths, resilience to work through difficult thoughts and feelings, as well as a willingness to “let go” of past hurts, shame, guilt, and fear.
How much is this going to cost me?
This is a legitimate question. Most people don’t plan for counseling and most times don’t plan on the car breaking down or other unplanned expenses. How does one plan for seeking therapy for their mental and emotional self? What things are left undone due to the depression? When weighing the cost, consider it as an investment in your health, into your self-esteem. Consider the results you want for yourself. Though you may not completely see it now, your mental and emotional health is of great importance.
Will things in my life ever change for the better?
This is a common question that many depressed or stressed out people ask. At the moment it seems like everything stays the same nothing with change and this is the mindset that is usually part of the depression or anxiety…the all or nothing or extreme talk. Through the counseling experience, we look to alternative and new coping strategies as well as new positive, realistic and honoring ways of challenging and changing the negative mindset toward a truthful, healthy, optimistic mindset. When you begin to change the way you see things many times hope emerges. When hope emerges, goals become clearer. We have found that when our clients are active in their counseling goals, they will notice good, positive results in a short period of time.
Combined we have several years of life experiences, counseling knowledge, and experience to journey together with you toward hope, joy, peace, and courage as you may discover help for your depression, stress, struggles, pain, and relationships.
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