Because sometimes life feels heavy…
We have all seen the commercials that depict depression—a black hole, a mask hiding the person’s real emotions, an umbrella of sadness, a wind-up doll just going through the motions.
If you have ever experienced depression-like symptoms, you can probably relate to at least one of those commercials. In general, the advertisements that depict depression do a pretty good job of identifying what it is like to live with depression. However, they do a poor job of showing what treatment for depression should really look like. Advertisements are attempting to sell you on their drug as the anecdote for your depression.
While we agree that medication management can be an excellent way to stabilize and support your treatment of depression, it is only one piece of the puzzle. Research shows that medication management, alone, leaves clients with many residual symptoms. Additionally, there is no evidence that once medication management is stopped, that symptoms will not return. That is why we believe that the other piece of the puzzle is working with a counselor.
How depression shows up…
- Depression can impact your appetite and cause weight change
- It can affect your sleep patterns and ability to concentrate.
- Depression can cause feelings of worthlessness and even cause excessive feelings of guilt.
- Depression can also be extremely isolating. You may find yourself becoming recluse and flaking out on plans. This can create a difficult dynamic, because while you feel very little capacity to be with others and socialize, it is connection and care from others that you crave.
- Depression can impact your sex drive, erections and ability to orgasm
- Basically, depression takes a toll on your body, your mind, and your relationships– making it very difficult to function in most realms of life.
Where do we start?
How to approach depression…
There are a few different ways to treat depression.
Medication management is a very popular route that many people take.
Other forms of treatment come with counseling services. Every counselor may take a different approach—one that is most familiar to them and one your counselor has seen to be effective with their clients.
Here, at Emma Schmitt & Associates, we practice evidenced based approaches for depression such as:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
The focus of any treatment for depression will center around these three things: changing your thoughts, changing your behavior, and exploring your interpersonal relationships and functioning.
What if I’m too depressed to go to therapy?
Reaching out to a counselor, in the midst of experiencing depressive symptoms, can feel like a daunting task. It’s hard enough getting out of bed.
You may already be experiencing hopelessness, lack of motivation, noticing yourself becoming isolated—so really, one of the last things you want to do is set up a time to talk to a complete stranger about what is going on in your life. We get it. Making that appointment is half of the battle. And, making that appointment is also when you put a stake in the ground and say, “Today I am choosing to take a leap of faith and try something new.”
You do not have to stay in the black hole of depression. One tiny step in a different direction can be all it takes to begin a new trajectory leading you to freedom from the oppressive symptoms of depression. We’d love to help you along that journey.