Are you feeling sad? Is your productivity suffering?
Are you having trouble doing normal day-to-day activities?
Don’t recognize yourself anymore?
Are you constantly struggling to find the energy to maintain relationships or perform well at work?
Do you feel increasingly hopeless or easily irritated by small things, but you aren’t sure why?
Whether recent circumstances have gotten you down, or you’ve felt this way for as long as you can remember, it’s clear that depression isn’t going away on its own. But as your feelings of depression worsen, so too does your ability to communicate your needs to others.
Do you wish you had an outlet to explore what’s been bothering you?
Are you ready to look into solutions for alleviating and managing your sadness?
You may refrain from sharing your feelings to avoid being judged. But instead of making you feel better, keeping everything bottled up leaves you feeling more isolated and helpless, which negatively affects everything else in your life.
Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. We all have those feelings from time to time but they usually go away within a few days. Specific circumstances can trigger depression, such as the loss of a loved one, loss of your job, a breakup.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness reminds everyone that depression is more common that you may think, “Clinical depression is a very common condition – in fact, approximately one in five Americans experience an episode of depression in their lifetime.”
You may be thinking the following:
“It’s all in my head.”
Depression is chronic and takes treatment to manage. Someone who is depressed cannot just shut it off or “suck it up.” Being diagnosed with depression does not mean that you are being crazy or weak—nor is it your fault or something you can simply snap out of on your own. It’s a real disease that requires proper treatment. Recognizing that depression is a condition that takes time and treatment to manage is important. Having someone to talk to and who helps you feel validated, without judgment, can provide a powerful sense of relief.
“Depression is only brought on by a traumatic event.”
A life event, like the loss of a loved one, triggers feelings of sadness, loneliness and emptiness in everyone. A traumatic event does not cause depression; it only heightens the emotions that come with the traumatic event because you have depression.
“It’s not a big deal.”
Depression is a condition that causes those who suffer from it to withdraw from loved ones, take dangerous risks or even start conflicts with others. It requires treatment to manager and overcome. I provide a safe place to address turmoil, shame, or embarrassment that you may not be able to find elsewhere.
How is Depression Treated? I Don’t have Time for Therapy
Procrastination is a symptom of depression. When you start to feel better, you can boost your productivity, freeing up more time to invest in your health and happiness. Reaching out for help with your depression can seem impossible when you feel perpetually sad and exhausted. But when you invest your energy into something that can help you better manage depression in the long-term, you can increase productivity and function better at work and at home—all while feeling more joyful and hopeful.
Therapy includes talking on-to-one with a licensed therapist who listens and guides you to your own answers. I will work with you to identify the things in your life that affect your depression and help you to understand how to improve those things.
I recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to depression treatment. It may be that you just need a supportive person to talk to about your experiences, or maybe you are searching for specific skills you can use to alleviate symptoms right away. No matter what style of therapy you require, together we will identify underlying experiences that subconsciously affect your thoughts and behaviors and tailor each session to your unique goals, needs and preferences. This will help us identify unhealthy coping skills that may no longer serve you and learn new, healthier ways to manage depression. Treatment could be a combination of medication and therapy. CBT is most effective in treating depression. Many people have to try different combinations of treatment before they find one that works. Therapy and lifestyle modifications also play a key role in managing symptoms and preventing a relapse.
If you think that getting help is a sign of weakness, please consider it to be a sign of great strength to take steps toward getting your life back on track.
“I have a long history of depression. I reached out to Mary Anne when I realized I needed a professional to help me because I was anxious and losing sleep. I wasn’t feeling satisfied in life. She was there for me. Mary Anne understood me. She listened. She taught me coping skills to better handle my emotions and manage my anxiety. Mary Anne also taught me how to handle myself at work and with my family during the times I am feeling overwhelmed. I definitely recommend Mary Anne as a therapist!”
Are you ready to foster greater joy and satisfaction in your life?
I invite you to call me at (914) 860-6762 for a FREE consultation.