Depression Therapy in Charlotte, NC
Lately, it feels like you’re drowning, struggling just to stay afloat in the world.
You can’t seem to kick that empty feeling inside, and more than ever, you feel beaten down by life.
The only thing you look forward to is sleep. You’re withdrawing from friends and family, and overwhelmed by feelings of low self-worth and sadness.
People close to you try to help, but suggestions like “just be positive” or “be grateful for what you have” only invalidate your pain, further adding to your feelings of frustration and loneliness.
Now, after months of asking yourself, Will this funk ever end? you’re beginning to wonder if talking to someone could possibly help.
What is depression?
We’ve all felt down at times; it’s part of being human. But when intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or fatigue last for weeks, months or even years, it may be time to seek some help.
Sometimes depression stems from a specific life event, while other times it comes on without any apparent reason, which can make the experience as confusing as it is exhausting. Depression can range from a prolonged period of mild sadness and low-energy to relentless feelings of despair and debilitation.
Other common signs of depression include:
- Diminished interest in activities you usually enjoy
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Loss or change of appetite
- Sleep problems
- Feelings of guilt, emptiness, or worthlessness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Headaches and muscle pains
But as taxing as these and other symptoms of depression can be, there’s also good news:
Depression is not only common;
it’s also highly treatable.
Each year, depression affects approximately 16 million American adults, or nearly 7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older. And research shows that up to 80% of those who seek therapy for depression show an improvement in symptoms in as little as four to six weeks.
How does depression therapy help?
In depression therapy, we help you dig into what’s underneath your depression. We’ll identify any of the distressing thoughts, feelings or beliefs that may be helping to feed your depression. Sometimes just gaining a deeper understanding of why depression is hanging around in your life in the first place can bring considerable relief.
We’ll also bring some mindfulness into our work together. Mindfulness can be an excellent tool for managing feelings of depression, as it gives you a way to observe distressing thoughts, feelings and beliefs from a place of curiosity rather than one of shame and self-judgment. Learning to separate yourself from the critical self-beliefs, distressing emotions and self-defeating thoughts that make you feel so miserable, worthless and exhausted all the time can feel like learning to breathe again.
Depression can leave you feeling hopeless that things will ever get better. But things can get better—and you deserve to feel your best!
Contact Modern Era Counseling today to get started with depression therapy and get back to feeling like yourself again!