The term depression or "depressed" gets thrown around a lot these days by people who may not know what it really is. This makes it difficult for people to seek out support when they themselves and the people around them think it's no big deal.
Clinical depression doesn't mean or look the same for everyone. For you, it might look like you are doing well on the outside, meeting other people’s expectations, but in reality you are really struggling to keep your head above water.
Or maybe you aren’t doing things as well as you used to because you use every ounce of energy you have to get yourself out of bed and get dressed in the morning. You might wake up every day knowing you are alive but not feeling that way. Like your life is just passing you by…
You might not always feel sad, but sort of empty or numb at times, maybe even angry and like no one around you understands this feeling.
Or maybe you are a parent of a teenager whose concerned about a sudden change in your teen and notice some of the these things happening to them.
You might even be a new mother, and feel something more than just the “baby blues.” You can’t seem to concentrate and may feel defeated but don’t know why?
Depression starts telling you or your child “I am destined to feel like this forever,” “There is something wrong with me,” or that maybe “I don’t deserve to be happy and enjoy my life.”
It has a way of infiltrating your life so that everything you see is clouded by judgement. Depression says some pretty horrible things to you and makes you feel hopeless.
I can help you challenge this fog, to rediscover your strengths, regain your confidence and remember how to take care of yourself when life pushes you to forget.
In our work together, you get a chance to understand how you got to this place in your life, and the things that may be contributing to these thoughts and feelings so that you can feel more empowered to take your life back.
Learn to quiet the depression voice in your head, and turn up the volume to your own because you are not your depression.
Here are a few presentations of depression that I specialize in:
Persistent Depression also known as Dysthmia
Perinatal Depression/Postpartum Depression
Situational Depression also known as Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood