Are feelings sad, 'empty' or hopeless? Have you been feeling rundown, lacking the energy or motivation to complete the most basic of life tasks? Do those activities which once provided pleasure and joy lost their appeal? Are you finding yourself withdrawing from those you love, preferring the comfort of your soft bed in a dark room?
Navigating your way out of the dark winding maze of depression isn't easy. You find yourself twisting and turning to break free with no success. As an expert guide, I'm here to hand you a flashlight, walking with you until you reach the light.
Depression is a common mood disorder which negatively impacts the way you feel, think, and act. Depressive symptoms can be severe, causing noticeable difficulties at work, school, social activities or relationships with others. While others might be able to maintain general functioning but feel empty, numb, unhappy, depressed or hopeless without really knowing why.
If you are or have experienced depressive symptoms, you know first hand how devastating and debilitating depression can be. You know how deeply one can experience the emotional, mental and physical pain. You also know depression impacts more than just you, but those who love you.
Thankful, depression is treatable!
In the last year, its estimated a whopping 16.2 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode.
A significant number of people received treatment from health care professionals (such as counselor and therapists), or pharmacological/medications, or a combination of both when appropriate. Unfortunately, 37% of people suffering did not receive any treatment. But why?
It might surprise you to learn some people don't recognize they are experiencing depression.
Consider for a moment depression is on a continuum, ranging from mild symptoms to profoundly severe and debilitating symptoms. You might be completing all of those tasks necessary to sustain life and carry on, such as getting out of bed eat morning, going to work, paying bills, and so on. Yet, your withdrawing from friends, stop doing things you used to love, and you're feeling drained, numb or even emotional. On the other end of the continuum, completing the simplest of daily tasks are overwhelming, such as showering, household chores, and keeping with other basic living needs.
As a counselor, I want to meet you where you are and help you improve your mood. Whether you are experiencing mild symptoms to severely depressed, I'm here to help guide and support you.
Are you still wondering if you should seek treatment? Not clear what signs and symptoms you should be looking for?
Find out more by reading the list below of depression signs and symptoms.
Below you will find some examples of common symptoms of depression, as defined by The National Institute of Mental Health. It's also important to recognize not every person who is experiencing depression will have every symptom.
If you've been experiencing symptoms for two or more weeks, seek help now.
*Please Note: This is not intended to be a comprehensive list.*
There are a variety of factors could be at play.
Additionally, there's a cognitive component to depression. There are specific styles in thinking, known as 'thinking errors,' which may actually cause or preventing you from navigating out of the dark labyrinth of depression.
You find yourself twisting and turning to break free with no success. As an expert guide, I'm here to hand you the flashlight and walk with you until you reach the light. I will teach you to recognize and disrupt unhealthy styles of thinking, helping to alleviate your depressive symptoms.
Do you want to know more specifically how I approach depression treatment, helping you to live life with joy once more? Read more below.
I help you achieve relief by using cutting-edge research coupled with evidenced-based therapy approaches, like cognitive behavioral therapy, proven to treat depression.
I use a holistic approach with each client, knowing all facets of your life are inner connected. During treatment, the following may be explored or addressed to help you reduce depressive symptoms, achieve relief, and prevent a return of symptoms.
Common Elements to Treatment:
*Please Note: Elizabeth Hocker Counseling is not pro or anti-medication and respects your right to choose whether medication is an appropriate option for you.*
Knowledge is power. Therefore, I desire to empower you with all of the relevant information and explore all of the available options at your disposal. You are always in charge of your treatment; therefore you have the right to choose.
If you decide you wish to consider medication as an option, please note there is no way I can prescribe medications, but I may be able to provide a referral.