If you’re struggling with overwhelming feelings of hopelessness or apathy, know that it is not your fault and you are not alone. And, most importantly, know that these common symptoms of depression can be overcome.
Therapy for Depression Can Help
Depression manifests in many different ways, from a pervasive unhappiness, to feelings of worthlessness, to a significant and prolonged change in mood. You may even find you’re isolating yourself from family and friends, or avoiding and feeling overwhelmed by what used to feel like simple everyday activities.
There are a variety of symptoms that plague the more than 300 million people around the world who struggle with depression. Do any of these sound familiar?
- Your emotions feel out of your control, and you cry or react angrily more often.
- You lack the motivation or energy to start (or finish) simple everyday tasks, like showering, brushing your teeth or getting the mail.
- You sleep all day, are up all night, or find getting out of bed in the morning feels impossible.
- You aren’t enjoying hobbies or activities you used to love.
- You avoid or cancel plans with friends or family members.
- You’re eating way more — or a lot less — than usual.
- You’re afraid of being a burden to loved ones and often feel guilty.
- You feel like you’ll never be happy again or problems in your life seem insurmountable.
- You’re drinking or using drugs to “numb” yourself.
- You have headaches, digestive issues or aches and pains you can’t explain.
- You have thoughts about death or suicide.
While everyone may think or feel some of these things at some point in life, for people experiencing depression, these feelings persist and can make it difficult for you to imagine life differently. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Working with a therapist can help you address not only the symptoms — but the root of the problem, too. Your depression could be related to something happening in your life right now or even a previous trauma. Maybe it runs in your family. There are even types of depression related to different stages in life (like Postpartum and Perinatal Depression) and times of the year (like Seasonal Affective Disorder).
The good news? No matter the cause or circumstances of your situation, with professional guidance, depression is highly treatable. If symptoms won’t go away and are impairing your ability to function in life, it is time to seek help.
Reconnect with Yourself and Your Life
Whether you’ve been suffering for years or have just recently noticed symptoms of depression, therapy can help you overcome it, reclaim your feelings of self-worth and enjoy life again. With the guidance of a mental health professional, you can:
- Learn how depression is affecting you and your life
- Regain a sense of control
- Choose positive goals to guide your recovery
- Change negative thinking patterns
- Learn to cope with feelings and regulate your toughest emotions
- Start to feel like yourself again and find interest in the things you once enjoyed
- Come up with a relapse-prevention plan
- Feel optimistic for the future and find pleasure in life again
Whether you have sought help before but feel old negative patterns reemerging, or you don’t know the first thing about seeking professional help, it’s OK. Your dedicated therapist at Sparlin Mental Health (Sparlin) will walk with you every step of the way on your journey to recovery.
All treatment at Sparlin is collaborative and transparent. You have the ability to overcome your depression: you just need the tools to do it. Our therapists will help you work toward solutions using the behavioral and cognitive therapies that are right for you. Some of the types of therapy we provide for depression include:
- Behavioral Activation
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Depression Treatment in St. Louis
The compassionate therapists at Sparlin Mental Health (Sparlin), formerly St. Louis Center for Family Development, are dedicated to providing St. Louis residents with expert trauma-informed, evidence-based treatments. Our team of licensed professionals is here to help you cope with whatever challenges you are facing in life and instill hope. Take the next step in your journey for a better future and contact us today to learn more about our therapy for depression.