Depression feels like being stuck in a deep well: cold, lonely and dark. You might be able to see a sliver of light at the top of the well, but have no idea how to get up there.
“When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.”– Fiona Apple
In 2017, 264 million people worldwide suffered from depression (source). Depression can feel so isolating, and yet, there are so many people who have felt similarly to you right now.
You are not alone. And even though it doesn’t feel like it right now, things will get better.
Signs of Depression
- Depressed mood
- Crying more than usual
- Helplessness or excessive guilt
- Low motivation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Significant appetite or weight increase or decrease
- Sleeping much more or less than usual
- Suicidal thoughts, plans, or intent to act
How can therapy for depression help?
- Receive validation from someone who understands
- Learn signs of depression you may not have been aware of
- Unlearn some of the misunderstandings about depression
- Discover how to cope when you have little to no motivation
- Tolerate symptoms when usual coping skills just aren’t working
- Increase hope and self-compassion
If the intensity of your suicidal thoughts is increasing, or you think you may act on suicidal thoughts, please call 911 immediately. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or access their online chat.
Some Reasons to Live
- Curiosity. Aren’t you a little bit curious to see how your life will turn out?
- Friends and family. It may feel like you are a burden to them. But the people in your life love and appreciate you more than you realize, and they would be heartbroken if you were gone.
- You are the only one of you who has ever existed. It may not feel like it right now, but you have something special to contribute to the world.
- Puppies and kittens. Particularly if they are your pets, but even if they aren’t! Aren’t you happy they exist?
- Your favorite food.
- Your favorite TV show. What will happen in the finale?!
- ___________________________________ (fill in the blank. Any and all reasons, no matter how small, are valid.)
What makes Rebecca good at providing therapy for depression?
Compassion is the most important element that depressed folks need to heal. I happen to be a naturally compassionate person, and a good listener.
The gentler you learn to be with yourself, the greater outcomes you will see in therapy. I can accompany you on your journey to self-compassion.
There is also a lot of benefit to setting and achieving specific goals, and changing behaviors. Your specific goals can vary drastically, from something like changing careers, to showering every day. It all depends on where you’re at in your recovery.