- Are you having trouble connecting with family and friends?
- Is it hard to enjoy things you used to love?
- Do you wake up feeling overwhelmed, tired or exhausted?
- Do you have trouble concentrating, being productive or completing everyday tasks?
- Do you sometimes wish you could just be invisible?
If you answered “yes” to some of the questions above, you might be dealing with depression. Causes of depression can be familial and/or hereditary, and can also be brought on by long spells of boredom, relationship issues or traumatic life events, such loss of a loved one, a chronic medical diagnosis, being laid off and more. A depressive disorder can disrupt everything from motivation, productivity and your ability to feel grounded to sleep, appetite and energy. No matter what you’re going through right now, you may feel isolated, misunderstood or unable see positive prospects for the future. You may even have difficulty getting out of bed or completing the tasks of the day.
Many People Struggle with Depression
If you are struggling symptoms related to depression, you are not alone. In fact, 15-20 percent of adults in the United States experience clinical depression during their life. With our increasingly busy schedules and fast-paced lives, it’s common for people to feel alone and stuck in their routine. Depression can also impact sleep, which can cause a variety of symptoms, such as lethargy, irritability and increased stress. And with the prevalence of social media, it’s very easy to become self-critical and become overwhelmed with feelings of guilt or shame if you feel like you’re not living your best life. With everything going on, it may be hard for you to even engage with other people, which can cause more negative thoughts that fuel low self-esteem.
Regardless of the specifics, if you’ve been struggling and nothing seems to provide lasting relief, help and hope are available. With the guidance of a compassionate professional who understands what you’re going through, you can heal and feel empowered to move forward and instill profound, positive change.
Depression Counseling Can Help You Heal
While depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mood disorders in the country, it’s also one of the most successfully managed and treated. Depression therapy can help you identify, explore and address the issues and stressors that are causing you to feel persistently down, alone or on-edge. It can also help you develop a clear understanding of what’s holding you back and specific ways to successfully overcome those challenges and stressors. Overall, treatment for depression can help you increase self-awareness, strengthen your resiliency, and develop the ability to practically and realistically address and heal root causes of your depression.
In our practice, we believe the most successful therapy is the direct result of a successful therapeutic relationship, which is why our counselors are committed to providing and cultivating a safe and confidential environment for you to experience trust, guidance and understanding. You can expect our undivided attention and support as you work through painful thoughts, emotions and patterns. Often, the mere act of expressing your innermost concerns openly and honestly is healing and empowering in and of itself.
Our team has decades of combined experience and has helped countless people regain control and experience more ease, joy and comfort in their lives. With your willingness to engage in the therapy process and our support, you can move forward and experience a profound sense of purpose and relief.
You may still have some questions or concerns about treating depression…
I’m so depressed I doubt anything will help.
It’s common for people stuck in a depressive cycle to have doubts that things can get better. If this is the case, we encourage you to try depression treatment for one month. In our experience, most people see noticeable improvements within the first four to six sessions.
Does a depression diagnosis mean a lifetime of medication?
Many people with mild or moderate depression do not need medication. Oftentimes, counseling and changes to your lifestyle adequately address the challenges you’ve been experiencing.
However, if your symptoms are severe or don’t seem to improve, then your counselor may refer you to a psychiatrist or a primary care physician who can prescribe an anti-depressant. Of course, the decision to take medication is entirely up to you, and we will honor whatever choice you make. In cases when medication is used, it’s often a temporary solution to help reduce severe depression symptoms so you can better engage in the therapeutic process.
I don’t feel comfortable talking to someone about depression and anxiety.
It takes a great deal of courage, resiliency and wisdom for you to take the first step and make an appointment with a counselor you don’t know. With that being said, your comfort level will always be at the forefront of our work together. We will move at a pace that feels comfortable to you and, together, develop a tailor-made treatment of depression that draws on your inner strengths and sets you up for success.
You Deserve To Be Happy
If you are feeling lost or hopeless, it is possible to gain a new perspective, feel whole and live purposefully with ease. If you have further questions about depression therapy or our practice, we invite you to call (888) 372-4861, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our office in Ann Arbor or Brighten, MI for a consultation or to schedule your first appointment to begin the healing process.