DEALING WITH DEPRESSION
We all know how it feels to be down and despondent. Most of us know what it feels like to be depressed. These moods leave us with feelings of emptiness, sadness, and, at times, hopelessness. They often stem from a loss or feelings of failure and inadequacy. Most often, these feelings are short-lived, as problems get resolved or our circumstances improve. At times, however, these feelings do not resolve, and become persistent and perhaps more severe.
They can interfere with our happiness and relationships or in the worst cases, leave us unable to function. Many of us have had thoughts that life is no longer worth living. Our reaction to feelings of depression can take many forms, from discomfort and irritability to withdrawal and isolation. It is not uncommon to feel worthless, to be unable to sleep or eat properly, or to be unable to concentrate.
How Can Counseling Help?
Fortunately, there are effective approaches to dealing with these problems. Counseling offers support while attempting to unlock the thinking and experiences that perpetuate the depressed feelings. Oftentimes, the problem involves thinking that is not accurate and that puts too much blame on ourselves. We need to learn to be more compassionate with ourselves and to identify the thought patterns that leave us feeling inadequate or guilty. Many people show remarkable improvement with individual counseling and are able to resume their lives feeling adequate and hopeful. At times, however, it is useful to consider antidepressant medication which can be an aide in recovering from long-term problems with depression. It is our philosophy that the treatment of depression should always begin with counseling, and if necessary, a trial course of medication.