Support and Recovery from Depression

It’s perfectly normal on occasion feel sad or upset, or to be unhappy with situations in your life. But with depression, these feelings can linger for weeks, months or even years. Depression can manifest itself in different ways. It’s most well-known symptoms takes the form of tearfulness, isolation, fatigue, loss of appetite, low self esteem, hopelessness, and negative self-talk. However, depression can also show up as irritability, patterns of avoidance, aggression, and anxiety.

Therapy can assist you to regain a sense of happiness and control in your life and help ease depression symptoms such as hopelessness and anger. This is done by learning to understand the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to your depressive symptoms. We will also work collaboratively to better understand and identify the life problems or events — like a major illness, a death in the family, a loss of a job or a divorce — that contribute to your depression. This will assist you to understand, which aspects of those problems you may be able to solve or improve. Therapy can help to restructure the ways of thinking, negative attributes and attitudes someone has adopted, and ways in which faulty thinking may perpetuate depression. By committing to the therapy process, you may begin to regain a sense of control and pleasure in life. This may be accomplished by learning alternative coping techniques and problem-solving skills.

It is always a good idea to check with a doctor to rule out biological reasons for mood changes. If medical reasons have been ruled out, therapy may be highly effective for the treatment of depression.