Many people have described depression as a dark cloud that comes over ones life without reason, blocking the sun. This experience is often described as sadness, an inability to feel pleasure, feeling low or down, and a lack of motivation or energy. Although we all experience feeling down or “blue,” depression is much more persistent and should not be considered as weakness or something you can simply “get over.” Depression is the most common issue in the U.S., affecting more than 16 million adults in the U.S. in 2016, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. There are different forms of depression, such as Major Depressive Disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is based on seasonal changes. Due to its commonality, we want to help you get back into the sunshine and reconnect with yourself. No one should suffer alone, and that is why we are here to help.
what you may be experiencing
Although many report a similar combination of depressive symptoms, each persons experience is unique. Some symptoms include:
Significant lack of pleasure in most activities that was once pleasurable
Feeling sad or down most of the time
Significant weight loss or weight gain; or decreased appetite
Insomnia or hypersomnia
Pessimism or hopelessness
Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death
We want to support you in getting through this. There are numerous reasons and combinations of factors that contribute to the onset of depression, such as genetics, trauma, environmental factors, and more. Even in more severe cases, depression can be managed and treated, and we don’t want you doing so alone. There are many treatments that deal with depression, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), meditation, and medication. Medication is often used to alleviate certain symptoms, while psychotherapy helps with the disruption of negative thought patterns that may prevent future depressive episodes.
How we can help
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This form of psychotherapy is focused on addressing negative thought patterns that may be related to depression. The research shows that CBT is a very effective form of treating depression. Through compassionate and supportive care, we hope to create a safe space for you to feel comfortable in starting the process toward growth and reducing the feelings of depression. CBT can be used alone or combined with mindfulness/meditation to treat depression.
Through consistent meditation, we can become more focused on the present and understand our experience in the here-and-now. This is an important technique because depression is most often correlated with negative thought patterns. Mindfulness can teach us to shift our attention away from those negative thought patterns that lead to the spiraling depressive mood and move toward positive and meaningful growth. Mindfulness can used alone or combined with CBT to treat depression.