Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely and scared. These feelings are normal reactions to life’s stressors. Most people feel low and sad at times.
However, in the case of individuals who have with clinical depression, the manifestations of the low mood are much more severe, and they tend to persist. People struggling with depression often describe:
- Feelings of “emptiness”
- Loss of interest in things they used to enjoy
- Feeling isolated – alone even when surrounded by loved ones
- Being irritable or angry more often than they used to be
- Feeling lost or hopeless
And these feelings can last for weeks, months or even years.
If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. In 2017, over 17 million adults in the U.S. had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year, which represented 7.1 percent of all American adults. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States among people ages 15-44.
Just like other chronic illnesses, depression is not your fault, it’s nothing you’ve caused. And also like many other illnesses, effective treatments exist to help ease and eliminate the struggles you face.
In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.
I know you’re struggling, and this is hard.
But you’re in the right place
So if you’ve said or thought these things too often recently…
- “What’s the point of trying.”
- “I’d rather stay at home and be by myself.”
- “I don’t care anymore.”
- “Things will never get any better.”
- “I wish I wasn’t here.”
…There are proven steps and therapies that have been shown to result in sustained relief. To bring you hope, help and a way forward.
If you’d like to take the first steps to start feeling better, please contact me for a phone or email consultation, or to schedule an appointment.