Is your mood down to a point that you can’t shake it? Trouble sleeping? Have you lost interest in activities that you once enjoyed? Feeling guilty, worthless and that your self-esteem is low? Don’t have the energy to do anything? Having problems concentrating? Have you lost your appetite or eating more than you tend to? Move around sluggishly? Feeling apathetic? Worse, are you thinking about suicide? These are all signs of depression. If properly diagnosed, your depression can be treated with specific therapy and possibly medication.
Some therapies that impact depression consist of talk therapy, cognitive behavioral interventions and EMDR. Talk therapy helps an individual gain insight into their process and thus helps to alleviate their depressive symptoms. Cognitive behavior therapies help to identify and change the beliefs that contribute to an individuals depression. EMDR can also resolve painful memories that are contributing factors to depression.
It has also been our experience that teaching individuals to become more assertive.
People who suffer from depression are typically lacking the production of the neurotransmitters responsible for regulation mood and well-being. These consist of serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, acetylcholine, and GABA. Medications that treat depression help your body produce more of these chemical messengers or keep them from being reabsorbed in order to help you feel more “normal” again. Everyone has felt depressed at some point in their lives. The difference is that a person who is suffering from a Major Depressive episode cannot shake loose from it without an intervention.
Men in particular have a tendency to avoid getting help with their depression. They associate coming to counseling as being weak. I have worked people in Law Enforcement, Construction, Fire Fighting, Pastors, Military Vets, Doctors, Attorneys and Mixed Martial Artists etc. which are typically fields that are associated with people who are “strong” or “tough” or perhaps, “thick skinned.” Many of these people have felt isolated in their pain and have considered suicide. Regardless of your sex, profession, religious orientation, gay or straight, you are no different from these people. Stop suffering and talk to someone trained to help you through it and heal it.