San Diego Depression Therapists

My Experience with Depression

San Diego depression counselingWhen I was depressed, my whole world narrowed down. It was as if I was wearing blinders and I could see only the negative in life. To make things worse, depression zapped my energy. For example, I could sit on the couch and notice that the house needed cleaning but I couldn’t find the strength or will to get up and do it. Needless to say, my depression had a powerful impact on my relationship and my family.  Friends were concerned and commenting on the change in me. Fortunately, someone close to me pushed me to get help.

While I was reluctant to do so, getting into therapy was the right decision. I needed someone to give me objective feedback about myself and support for my efforts to get better. I learned different ways of thinking about myself and was able to see how my negative thinking held me back.

Getting better is a process. Through my counseling I learned that I am worth it. I just had to start somewhere. If you’re dealing with depression I hope you’ll take some encouragement from me and know that life can get better.  My energy has returned and it finally feels as if  I am getting my life back. I actually feel as if I’m a stronger person now than I was before the depression. — “Katherine”

Facts About Depression

Everyone struggles with feeling down, sad or blue at one time or another. That is normal and those times generally don’t last long.

Depression that is more serious last longer and is more painful than “just a case of  the blues.”

Some of the symptoms of clinical depression include*:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or empty feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.
Less commonly, depression may become so severe that it results in psychosis — or loss of touch with reality. While people with milder forms of depression may or may not choose to seek professional help, people with psychotic depression generally do not improve without intervention.While depression is a serious illness, there is good news: Most forms of depression respond well to treatment which may include talk therapy, medication or a combination of the two.

San Diego Depression Counseling

If you’re seeking help for yourself or a family member dealing with depression in San Diego, contact me to learn more about how I may be of benefit to you.

*Source: NIMH