- feel discouraged or hopeless?
- withdraw from your loved ones and friends?
- feel angry, but don’t understand why?
- feel down in the dumps or have a difficult time getting going on your day?
- not get as much pleasure from activities or people that you used to?
- have sleep or eating difficulties?
- have difficulty concentrating?
- find yourself isolating or declining social invitations?
- expect negative outcomes in your life?
- not feel good about yourself?
- feel there is no purpose to your life?
If so, you may be depressed. We all have down days and times we feel sad and unmotivated. But if you can’t shake it and it lasts longer than 2 weeks, or if you can’t get yourself out of bed or brush your teeth then it is time to seek counseling. When people are severely depressed, they even think about or consider suicide as an option. If you are feeling this way, you need not suffer alone. Counseling has proven to be as effective as medication in the treatment of depression. We have a society of folks on anti-depressant medication, and yet we have not made a dent in the global problem of depression.
Counseling can help you to feel…
- inspired to take necessary actions to better your circumstances.
- an increase in your self-esteem.
- pleasure in simple things again.
- less ruminative.
- more connected to your loved ones.
- more gratitude for your life.
- greater self compassion and self acceptance.
At Positive Self Center you and your therapist can devise a plan of action to combat your depression. This plan will include beginning to talk about these down feelings – sometimes sharing your feelings and understanding they are normal feelings is enough to relieve some of your depression. Your therapist can help you develop a structured plan to help yourself feel better such as: explore new hobbies, implement some physical exercise or movement in your life, read inspirational literature, begin to notice beautiful or positive things in life.