Feeling down or low from time to time is a normal part of life. But when emptiness and despair take hold and won’t go away, it may be clinical depression. More than just the temporary “blues”, the lows of depression make it tough to function and enjoy life. Hobbies and friends don’t interest you like they used to. You’re exhausted all the time. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. Life can feel pointless.
You can also have subtle symptoms of depression, such as difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, sleep problems, low energy – especially in the morning – or other health problems. Sometimes people don’t know they are depressed. They may feel that something is wrong, but they can’t quite put their finger on it.
Depression is a very common mental health concern, affecting an estimated 10% of American adults in any given year. Unfortunately, depression is often not well understood. And although depression is a very treatable condition, many people don’t seek the help they need. Instead, they may suffer needlessly.
It’s also common to experience depression after a loss, such as the death of a family member or spouse; the loss of a job; divorce or the break-up of an important relationship; or when we are stuck in conflict with a partner, family member, child, boss or co-worker. Depression can also be one of the long-lasting results of trauma, or from childhood abuse and neglect.
Whatever the source, depression can make life feel overwhelming and hopeless. But with help and support you can feel better.
There are several evidence-based practices that have been scientifically proven to treat depression. In most cases, I use Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for treating depression. IPT is an evidence-based therapy that is well-proven through numerous controlled research studies to be effective in reducing symptoms of depression in a relatively short period of time. Since research shows us that most depressions are linked to problems in our primary relationships, Interpersonal Psychotherapy focuses on identifying and changing the interpersonal or relationship-based factors that contribute to depression — such as lack of satisfying close relationships, lack of connection and closeness in our most important relationships, chronic relationship conflicts, or unresolved interpersonal losses that keep us stuck in grief and unable to move forward in life.
For complex depressions that involve past trauma, abuse, or neglect, or for depressions that result from complicated or unresolved grief, I use Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), a longer-term research-based treatment modality that addresses unresolved emotional wounds and traumas, helping you to work through and resolve deep or long-standing emotional pain.
If you’ve been suffering with depression, counseling can help you feel better quickly. Please call me at 503-545-6312 or email me today to schedule an appointment, and begin taking control of your life, your mood and your energy level immediately.