“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” (Frederick Buechner)
The human experience is filled with so many joyful, connective, and meaningful moments. Yet it also holds its fair share of pain. For many, the painful experiences of life come and go, but for people who have depression, it can feel as if the suffering lingers and will never get better.
Maybe you notice no longer finding joy in activities you once loved. Maybe you have a knack for beating yourself up so that nobody else can tear you down, because you are your worst enemy.
The World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide. We know it may not seem like it, but if you are struggling with depression, you are NOT alone.
What Are The Symptoms of Depression?
Depression is tricky as it varies in intensity and length from person to person. Symptoms can present in different categories, such as:
Physical Symptoms of Depression:
- Sleep disturbances
- Energy loss
- Changes in appetite and/or weight
Cognitive & Emotional Symptoms of Depression:
- Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
- Lack of focus or concentration
- Reduced productivity
- Withdraw from loved ones
- Suicidal thoughts or ideation
We here at ChangeWell Psych know that depression is not something you can just “get over” with an easy fix. We know that it takes bravery, courage, and strength to continue to fight an illness that nobody else can see. And while depression tends to slurp out any ounce of hope, our therapists are here to hold onto that hope for you.
How Can Depression Therapy Help?
Goals for depression therapy may look different. Your therapy may first identify potential causes of depression, including exploration of lived experiences (i.e., family dynamics, racial and cultural experiences, work stress). Ultimately, depression therapists at ChangeWell will help you feel more capable at managing harmful symptoms of depression.
We help clients untangle churning inner turmoil so that you can see your experience for what it truly is: symptoms of depression manifesting themself as neurotransmitters communicating to one another.
Our therapists have created a safe, inclusive community of care for anyone who is experiencing depression, and we would be honored to help guide you through the process of healing.
Frequently Asked Questions About Depression
I can barely get out of bed these days; how can I possibly come to a therapy session?
We know that depression symptoms can be debilitating at times, and our team of caring therapists will work with you exactly where you are. We offer virtual therapy sessions from a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform so that therapy is accessible to you and whatever situation you find yourself in.
I feel depressed, but I’m still going to work/school/taking care of my family. Do I really need therapy if I’m highly functioning?
Being depressed can look like many things, including going through the motions of your day and completing your tasks, but with the feeling of a ton of bricks on your back. In these cases, the depression usually manifests itself in lack of fulfillment, and perpetual negative views of the self.
No matter what symptoms you have – or don’t have – your feelings are valid, and you deserve quality and compassionate care. Part of the therapeutic process is partnering with your therapist to assess what you’re feeling and what your goals are. The healing journey looks different from person to person, and your therapist will work with you to discover what will help you best.
Get Depression Help at ChangeWell Psych
Our depression therapists are ready to help you heal with practical strategies through evidence-based treatment methods that include all the therapy acronyms (ACT, DBT, RO-DBT, CBT, ERP, EFT) and Trauma-Informed Practices in culturally sensitive ways to cater therapy to you and your relational system.
ChangeWell Psych offers Therapy for Anxiety in our office in North Carolina and online in all PSYPACT states including, but not limited to North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Georgia.