Are you feeling lost and depressed?
Sheltering in place during the coronavirus health crisis is increasing depression symptoms.
The uncertainties associated with this pandemic are unsettling. They’re affecting everyone, and if you’re experiencing depression symptoms like the ones listed on this page below, you’re not alone.
You’re struggling to be you.
To find direction.
To be accepted and respected by the people around you. To feel valued, like you have something to offer.
Life isn’t turning out the way you expected, and you’re not getting respect from anyone, including your spouse and family.
You feel lost and depressed, and you don’t feel valued or appreciated. You think…is this really it? Is this how my life turned out?
Depression is more than just sadness,
and there are treatments.
Tough times in life – like losing someone you love, going through a divorce, or losing a job – can make you feel sad, scared, and lonely. These are normal feelings for stressful life situations. Most people feel sad and down at some points in life. But if the low mood and associated behaviors are more intense and persist, you may be experiencing depression symptoms.
The most commonly diagnosed form of depression is Major Depressive Disorder, and it affects more than 16.1 million American adults (about 6.7% of the U.S. population age 18 and older). Research has found there are many contributors to mental illness – biological, environmental, psychological and genetic factors all play a role. Major Depressive Disorder is diagnosed if you’re experiencing depression symptoms like an overwhelming feeling of sadness, hopelessness, or pessimism and/or a loss of interest and enjoyment in most activities over an extended period of time.
Some other depression symptoms include:
- insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- constant fatigue
- increase or decrease in appetite
- reduced ability to think, concentrate or make decisions
- feelings of excessive guilt or worthlessness
- recurrent thoughts of death and suicidal ideation with or without actual plans for doing so
- missing work, school or social activities due to depression symptoms
Depression may present itself differently in men and women and typically occurs more often in women. Men can often experience irritability, anger, and fatigue and may show some reckless behavior that could include drug or alcohol misuse. For women the strongest feelings are worthlessness, sadness and guilt.
If this sounds like you, the good news is depression is treatable if you seek help. You deserve to live a life with direction. One where you feel like you again – accepted, respected, understood and enjoying life.
We can help with your depression.
Depression is common and can be treated. At Blue Boat Counseling, a Columbus depression treatment practice, we’ve been trained to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness techniques to help you see new ways of thinking and change habits that may contribute to depression. Through depression counseling you can begin to understand and work through tough situations or relationships that may be causing your depression symptoms or making them worse. You’ll create positive coping strategies to be prepared when times are particularly tough. Your days may seem dark right now, but we’ve helped many through this, and we can help you too.
We know there are roadblocks that keep you
from seeking depression treatment.
I can’t get out of bed. I have no motivation to go to counseling.
We get it. We understand you may be at a real low point in your life when just getting out of bed is a major task. But think about the impact on your life if you continue to feel this way without treating it. Think about your future self and all you have to gain by taking the first step toward depression counseling. You’re not alone. There is help.
I saw a depression therapist once, and it didn’t help.
Every counselor is an individual with a unique style and personality, so there’s no reason to think a new depression therapist would fail you just like the last one did. The rapport you have with a healthcare provider, especially for mental health, is critical to depression treatment. The right connection with a depression counselor can be instrumental in your healing and recovery, so it’s worth giving it another shot.
I think I need help, but I’m afraid depression counseling costs too much.
We understand that committing to depression counseling is an investment, and we don’t take that lightly. But it’s also a place to experience healing, getting your life back and learning how to be you. And we think that’s worth the investment. We encourage you to take a good look at your budget as well as discuss payment options (including using FSA or HSA cards and/or potential insurance reimbursement) with your depression counselor.
What you can expect from depression counseling…
At Blue Boat Counseling, a Columbus OH counseling practice, we understand your depression symptoms, like feeling hopeless and lost.
We promise to hear and understand you and give you a place to feel respected and empowered, to get past this low point and be you.
Getting started with depression treatment is easy:
- Get in touch with Blue Boat Counseling to set up your first appointment.
- Get connected with a depression counselor you can trust.
- Start living the life you want to live.
As a Columbus OH counseling practice, our empathetic therapists also offer teen therapy, couples and family counseling, anxiety and PTSD treatment. And online counseling is available. We also offer tips to maintain your mental health on our blog. Contact us to schedule an appointment with a Columbus therapist at Blue Boat Counseling!