While sadness is obviously a common emotion that we all experience from time to time, depression can sometimes take on a life of its own, getting in the way of your normal life such as relationships and work. When this happens, it’s best to seek help from a licensed professional. This can often look like the following:
*Down or sad mood
*Lack of motivation to get out of bed or do tasks you normally enjoy
*Loss of interests or pleasure
*Loss of appetite
*Sleeping too much or too little
*Feeling excessive shame and guilt
*Difficulty concentrating or focusing on things
When Is It Time to Seek Help?
Experiencing depression can be a scary time in a person’s life. There is a better way. If you find that these negative thoughts and emotions are becoming consuming, interfering with your daily life or relationships, or if you are having fleeting thoughts of harming yourself, it may be time to start therapy. Through approaches with a licensed therapist or counselor such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), you and your therapist can work towards replacing negative and irrational thoughts with a healthy and adaptive thought process, ending the depression cycle. Creating a collaborative plan will also work towards tackling your depression head on with support and accountability.
Having depression does not have to last forever. Through therapy, you can work towards enjoying life to the fullest again. At Move Forward Counseling we work with our clients to teach positive coping mechanisms that will help them to live happy, fulfilling lives in order to feel like yourself again.