Is Depression Leaving You Drained And Exhausted?
- Do you have little energy for the hobbies and activities you once loved?
- Has depression made you feel isolated from your social circle?
- Do you feel emotionally numb to everything happening in your life?
- Are you increasingly pessimistic about your future?
Perhaps you feel physically tired all of the time, no matter how much sleep you get. Every morning you wonder how you’re going to get through the day, and even the simplest tasks feel challenging. Or maybe your negative thoughts lead to sleepless nights, and you struggle with headaches after tossing and turning for hours.
Maybe depression has left you feeling emotionally numb. You may even feel like you’re sleepwalking through your days—you don’t necessarily feel sad, but the things that used to bring you joy don’t interest you anymore. Minor inconveniences that you used to brush off might irritate you now, and even small setbacks feel insurmountable.
Sometimes, you try to work up the courage to tell your loved ones how you’re feeling. But you hold back, worrying that they won’t understand you. Or maybe you’ve noticed a distance growing between you and your friends ever since your symptoms began, and now, you’re hesitant to reach out because you feel isolated from your social circle.
While you probably miss the person you used to be, you don’t have much hope for your future. You wish you could feel genuinely happy again, yet you don’t know how to shift your perspective or change your circumstances.
However, with depression treatment, you can find joy in your life again, rekindle your interest in your hobbies, and reconnect with your loved ones.
Many People Suffer From Depression In Silence
The majority of those who suffer from depression don’t realize just how many people are struggling with the same symptoms. Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions, yet speaking up about depression is often still stigmatized.
Why is overcoming depression without treatment so difficult? Exhaustion and a lack of energy are tell-tale signs of depression, and when depression makes it hard to even get out of bed, having the energy to make major life changes can be practically impossible. Furthermore, many people with depression suffer from a lack of self-worth, and they may hesitate to seek treatment simply because they don’t believe they truly deserve the support.
Unfortunately, societal standards can contribute to the widespread nature of conditions like depression. There is a subtle pressure to stay positive no matter what, but this “toxic positivity” simply encourages people to hide their struggles and grapple with their pain alone. For some, depression goes hand in hand with burnout—working long hours at a job for which you have no passion can take a toll. In addition, many people today lack the support of a close-knit community as social interactions increasingly take place online.
A depression therapist can provide the support you need to make long-lasting changes in your life. By working with a therapist, you can build up your self-esteem, learn to manage your symptoms of depression in a healthy way, and develop behavioral and thought patterns that serve you well.
Through depression counseling, you can find out what truly makes you come alive and pursue real happiness.
Depression Treatment Can Help You Find Joy And Contentment
Some people with depression believe that their problems aren’t serious enough for therapy or that talking to a stranger about what they’ve been going through will feel intimidating or embarrassing.
But at Affinity Psychological Services, you do not have to worry about whether or not your problems are valid. No matter what brings you to therapy, our counselors will listen without judgment and create a welcoming environment where you can share everything that is on your mind. We will take a compassionate approach to your treatment and give you the guidance you need to create a future free of depression.
Before you book your first session, we will match you with a therapist who can meet your unique needs. In therapy, you will be provided with a safe space to explore the roots of your depression, examine the patterns that you want to change, and learn about coping strategies that can help you get your symptoms under control. To facilitate healing, you and your therapist will work together to establish a customized treatment plan based on your needs, resources, and time. Depending on your goals and your symptoms, your therapist will incorporate a variety of effective techniques into your overall treatment plan. They might spend time helping you hone in on self-reflection and recognizing your own strengths, or you may focus intently on symptom management. As we place a high priority on transparency with our clients, we will take the time to explain why certain therapeutic modalities would suit you best.
For instance, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can help you break down the negative thought cycles and behavioral patterns that exacerbate your symptoms. Depression can affect your self-image, but with CBT, you can recognize irrational thoughts and establish new, realistic beliefs and patterns based on evidence. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, can help you acknowledge and accept your thoughts and feelings without judgment. You’ll also learn to regulate your emotions and manage your stress in a healthy way. Psychodynamic therapy gives you the opportunity to reflect on the roots of your depression, especially as it relates to unresolved conflicts and suppressed emotions.
Our goal is to allow you to move through treatment at your own pace so that you can take the time to fully process your emotions, analyze the causes of your symptoms, and explore how certain habits or thought patterns might contribute to your depression. In time, you’ll begin to cultivate a new vision for your future.
Affinity Psychological Services is a fast-growing practice serving clients from a wide range of backgrounds. We are an inclusive practice providing a variety of mental health services to our clients. No matter your background or current situation, our therapists can help you gain the skills you need to overcome depression and regain your sense of self-worth.
But you may still have questions about depression treatment…
I should be able to overcome depression on my own.
You don’t have to continue suffering alone. Sometimes, people with depression assume that reaching out for help is shameful and that, if only they could toughen up, they would be able to get through it without support. But avoiding treatment can lead to your symptoms getting worse over time. Through therapy, however, you can find the support you need.
I doubt that I even have the energy to go through depression treatment.
For many people with depression, a lack of energy can make it difficult to take steps towards healing, even if you know that treatment is the right choice for you. That’s why we have teletherapy options available, which can be the best choice for some clients. As you work through therapy and your symptoms improve, you can find yourself with more energy and motivation.
Do my problems really warrant treatment?
You might be tempted to minimize your problems and tell yourself that your experiences are not “bad enough” for you to seek treatment. But no matter what you’re going through, your emotions are valid. You do not have to compare your problems to anyone else’s. If you’re struggling, we encourage you to pursue depression treatment.
You Can Have The Energy To Live A Life You Love Again
If you’re ready to seek treatment and heal your depression, you can reach out to us with any questions you may have through our contact page. Or you can book your first appointment at one of our Minnesota locations in Edina, St. Cloud, Plymouth, or St. Louis Park through our scheduling page.