“Maybe I’m just sad.”
“Am I actually depressed?”
“But I have nothing to be sad about.”
“It’s getting harder and harder to get out of bed in the mornings.”
“I think it’s starting to affect my work…”
“All these negative thoughts are feeling debilitating”
“I’m exhausted no matter how much I sleep”
“I just feel empty and numb”
“I can’t handle this much longer…”
The thing is, depression is not just an extreme version of sadness, it doesn’t mean you’re “mentally weak”, and it’s not always tied to a circumstance.
We know if you could find a way out of feeling this way...you would.
But here’s the deal, when you’re struggling with intense emotional pain, difficult thoughts that won’t just “go away”, chronic fatigue and/or anxiety, and feelings of being stuck or unmotivated...it makes it extremely difficult to want to do just about anything.
We understand, and we can help.
We don’t view depression as a form of ‘lingering sadness’, we know it’s much deeper.
As Alena Hall in the Huffington Post said: “Sadness is a passing emotional state, whereas depression is a chronic emotional condition in which emotional states themselves are warped, entrenched, and accompanied by other severe symptoms.”
-Loss of interest in activities or work
-Sleeping less or sleeping more
-Increased or decreased appetite
-Weight gain or weight loss
-Unexplained aches and pains
-Anger management issues
-Extreme irritability over seemingly ‘minor things’
-Increased substance use
-Frequent or unprompted crying
-Fixation on the past or regrets
If you feel like you currently have depression, you’re not alone. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression.
The good news is, although it may not feel like anything can help, depression is proven to be very treatable with Psychotherapy, specifically utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
In fact, in a recent study, it was found that Psychological therapies are highly effective in the treatment of depression, have longer-lasting effects than drugs, are preferred by the majority of patients, and can be applied flexibly with different formats (like online therapy).
If left untreated depression can lead to:
-Alcohol or drug use issues
-Aches and pains that won’t go away
-Phobias, panic disorders, and anxiety attacks
-Excess weight gain
-An increased risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes
-Family and relationship problems
-Attempted suicide or suicide
We help people beat depression using evidence-based approaches only, which means treatments that have been repeatedly supported by academic studies. This may include a blended approach of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Training, Psychodynamic Therapy, and more.
Things are tough right now, but they don’t have to get worse.