Do you think you may be suffering from depression? First, let me help you determine if what you may be experiencing is depression, or simply sadness as a result of a life challenge or challenges.
To begin with, depression is usually experienced as unrelenting. It doesn’t seem to help to talk it out, or try to do something to distract or cheer yourself up. Rather it just hangs over your head like a dark cloud.
There are other symptoms that can point to depression as well. These include:
- Feeling helpless
- Feeling worthless
- Loss of interest in normal daily activities
- Problems with sleeping
- Difficulty making decisions
- Crying spells for no apparent reason
- Loss of interest in sex
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thoughts of suicide or suicidal behavior
If you recognize yourself in some of the above descriptions, then I urge you to seek professional support, rather than to expect yourself to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps. ”You see, good news is that depression is absolutely treatable. One of the first steps in overcoming depression is to be less isolated with your feelings, to begin to trust someone with the feelings and experiences related to your suffering.
We then can begin to address very concrete and surprisingly simple ways in which to free you from this suffering.
As we work together to address your depression, you can expect to :
Discover what triggers your depression, and learn how to control or manage these triggers.
Notice and begin to replace negative thinking patterns with more positive life affirming ones.
Explore what lifestyle changes can diminish feelings of depression, and boost feeling of happiness and well being.
You can find joy in your life again.
For more information or to schedule an initial appointment, please contact Karen at:
Karenmotan@sbcglobal.net, or by calling (415) 460-9117.