360 Therapy specializes in working with you through a season of depression, or maybe this is a lifelong cycle you have dealt with. We are here for you.
Has Depression Made You Feel Like You’re Living In A Black Hole?
Do you feel unable to live life to the fullest? Are you struggling with a lack of energy and loss of interest in the things you normally enjoy? Do you find yourself isolating and saying no to social outings because of how lethargic you feel?
When you’re dealing with depression, nothing seems worth the trouble—not even getting out of bed. Maybe you’ve been calling off work and sleeping in all the time. Perhaps you feel like you’re living in a black hole of sadness and stumbling around in the dark with no direction or purpose. Eventually, the feelings could become so intense that you experience weight changes, loss of appetite, and extreme fatigue. Although you want to get treatment, depression makes you want to curl up and just forget the world entirely.
Depression Often Creates A Vicious Cycle Of Sadness And Loneliness
Other people in your life may not understand how depression works. They may ask you: “Why don’t you just get out of bed? Why don’t you leave the house and do something instead of wallowing in your feelings?”
What they don’t realize is that depression takes away all your energy and motivation. The worse you feel, the less you do—and the less you do, the worse you feel. In this way, depression creates a vicious cycle of sadness and isolation.
Counseling is a chance to break this cycle by challenging negative thought patterns and learning new grounding skills for managing depression. Here at 360 Therapy, we want to help you regain your energy, reconnect with the people you love, and return to feeling like the best version of yourself.
For Many People, Depression Casts A Shadow Over Everything They Do
Most people experience depression at some point in life. For some, it’s a temporary thing that happens after a life-changing event, such as losing a loved one or the end of a relationship. But for others, depression is always present no matter the circumstances. It casts a shadow over everything they do and makes even the simplest of tasks feel like a massive chore.
What’s more, depression looks different from person to person. Some forms of depression can affect your social life and work performance. Other forms are subtler. If you have high-functioning depression, you may be able to work and socialize normally, but deep down, you still feel miserable and unfulfilled. Other people may not realize you’re depressed, making you feel lonely and misunderstood.
Therapy gives you the opportunity to talk to someone who understands what it’s like to live with clinical depression. At 360 Therapy, we know that depression is so much more than just feeling sad—it’s a complicated, all-consuming problem that can affect every aspect of your life. You deserve someone who gets it.
Depression Therapy Can Help You Feel Like Yourself Again
When it comes to treating depression, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. You might feel so far down the rabbit hole of despair that you’re not sure how you’ll ever crawl out.
If this is how you feel, we encourage you to take heart. By taking baby steps one day at a time, you can slowly but surely lessen depression’s impact on your life and start to feel like yourself again. Over time, the little changes can trickle down to bigger changes and lead to long-lasting relief. Therapy can help you figure out the baby steps you need to take to soften the rough edges of depression.
What To Expect In Depression Counseling Sessions
In sessions with us, we’ll provide space for your sadness and give you permission to feel all your feelings. After all, the first step to healing from depression is accepting that it’s there. Doing so can help you increase your self-awareness and notice symptoms when they arise. This way, you can recognize when you’re spiraling down and prevent depressive episodes.
Additionally, we’ll help you begin the process of understanding where your depression comes from. Sometimes this means exploring past trauma and looking at the emotional wounds that precluded your depression. The goal of this work is to help you rewrite the narrative you tell yourself about your life. Instead of dwelling on the negatives, we’ll focus on how resilient you’ve been in spite of everything you’ve been through.
Creating Your Depression Treatment Plan
Just as no two people are the same, the treatment plan for depression differs from person to person. In addition to using a narrative approach to help with depression, we often draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This approach is all about understanding how your thoughts and perceptions influence your feelings and behavior. By challenging your thought patterns, you can shift your mindset and improve your day-to-day functioning.
Our therapists also use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to treat depression. DBT can alleviate the more intense symptoms of depression. It’s a very practical approach that can give you skills for staying mindful and increasing your distress tolerance.
No matter which approach you prefer, we are confident that we can help you achieve a better outlook on yourself and your life. By taking the healing process one day at a time, you can gradually get control of your symptoms and return to feeling like yourself.
You May Have Some Questions About Depression Therapy…
How long will depression therapy take?
The answer isn’t straightforward because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all timeline. This is why it’s important to be gracious with yourself. That said, most of our clients begin seeing the positive effects of therapy after the first session or two. After all, just getting help and talking to someone can give you a glimmer of hope and boost your mood.
Will talking about depression make it worse?
No, it won’t. Your counselor will always go at a pace that’s right for you and make sure your depression does not flare up in sessions. What’s more, talking to a therapist can be incredibly freeing. It can help you get your feelings off your chest and explore your depression on a deeper level than you could by yourself.
Do I have to be sad all the time to have depression?
Although sadness is a very common emotion in depression, it’s only one of its many symptoms. Depression can also take the form of isolation, fatigue, insomnia, and lack of motivation or concentration. As therapists, we know that depression takes many forms and we want to normalize your struggles so that you realize you’re not alone.
Therapy Can Give You A Glimmer Of Hope
Imagine what it would be like to turn off all the negative thoughts in your head and feel hopeful about the future. If this is what you dream of, we encourage you to connect with one of our depression counselors. To get started, you can fill out the contact form, email us, or call 305-396-6009 for a free call with a care coordinator. We can match you with the right therapist for your needs.