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Depression……

 

Hurts us and those we love, much like any other disease. It hijacks the brain, similar to addiction, infusing itself into all aspects of our lives. In fact, addiction is very often the cause or byproduct of many mood disorders.  

Depression………..

  • is often cloaked in many layers

  • can be elusive to self & others, yet ever present

  • is exhausting

  • effects how we see ourselves, others & the world

  • disrupts our sleep, eating, energy & thinking

  • can temporarily render us powerless & purposeless (but don’t worry, it’s still there!)

  • can cause irritability, rage & isolation

  • often brings thoughts of dying

  • can cause us to struggle in feeling grounded or tethered to something bigger than ourselves

  • protects us from risking rejection or exposure

  • strengthens the voice of our inner critic

  • can make us feel hopeless, guilt & shame

  • impedes us from being authentic

  • can cause physical pain & illness

  • can slow or speed our sense of time

  • increases mistrust in ourselves & others

  • can increase alcohol or drug use

  • feels as though we are lost & undeserving

  • can bring about frequent tearfulness

  • can stem from both our biology & circumstances

  • can cause a loss of pleasure in our lives

 

Depression is not:

  • your fault

  • “all” in your head

  • about your intelligence, creativity, character or purpose

  • about weakness

  • temporary sadness

 

  • According to NAMI.org, (National Alliance Mental Health), 16 million U.S adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.  

  • 11 in 100,000 die yearly from suicide and mental illness is the number one predictive factor & mood disorders receive only one-fourth the funding available for cancer research.  

  • The NNDC.org (National Network Of Depression Centers) estimates up to 50% people suffering from depression are not currently receiving treatment and NAMI reports 16 million adults in the U.S. suffered from at least one major depressive episode in the past year.

  • Depression is both highly treatable and manageable. I have witnessed the power depression holds, fade away with connection, support, resources, laughter and sometimes medication. 80% of U.S. adults treated for depression showed improvement in their symptoms in four to six weeks of beginning treatment with medication, psychotherapy, support groups or a combination of these approaches (NNDC.org).  

Trusting support will be there, and reaching out is what makes long term management and recovery possible.  I work with treatment-resistant depression, and as a (MBCT) Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapist, I teach tools of relaxation and strength to sustain you as you open to change. 

 

HOW I CAN HELP:

If I’m invited into your very intimate, and often private struggle, I would be honored & hopeful in offering you the following resources………

  • Support~depression makes you “think” your are alone, but you are NEVER ALONE!!!

  • Provide you with immediate coping skills to improve day to day functioning

  • Tease out biological and circumstantial factors

  • Explore & define your goals

  • Honor your ambivalence towards giving up the “buffer” depressive habits have afforded you.

  • Unearth your hope, offering you sustained energy towards goals and daily maintenance.

  • Identify your values, offering you a guide or template for choices.

  • Rediscover your strengths, from which to build upon, and to give you stability while creating change in your life.

  • Connect you with outside, additional resources, including a referral for medication evaluation if needed.

  • Increase your curiosity while silencing your inner critic.

  • Translate your pain and difficulty into opportunities to learn & find comfort.

  • Collaboration that allows for creating and collecting many empowering moments to reduce suffering and fill your reservoir of resiliency.

 

For more information on depression visit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-IR48Mb3W0

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL FOR AN INITIAL FREE 30 MINUTE PHONE CONSULTATION AT 805-750-0356.