“And then one day you find yourself on a bench in the sun and you close your eyes and lean your head back and you realize you’re okay.”
Are you having a hard time getting out of bed? Are you sleeping 12 hours a day and still wake up feeling exhausted? Do you no longer enjoy the things that used to bring you pleasure? Does life feel uninteresting, uninspiring, and monotonous? You want to show up and be present for your friends, family, and work but you are running on fumes and have nothing left to give. You may be struggling with feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, lack of motivation, resignation, and dread. You may feel like you are weighted down by a heavy, wet blanket and the little things in life take a huge amount of effort to accomplish. You may want to isolate yourself even though you feel lonely in your pain. Making progress in life feels like walking through mud with a 40-pound backpack. You wonder if there is something deeply wrong with you and you are consumed by thoughts of guilt and feelings of shame. At this point, you are doubting your capabilities, lovability, and worthiness.
If what you read here resonates with you, you may be experiencing symptoms of depression.
You are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 21 million adults in America experienced depression in 2020. That is 8.4% of the adult population. If you live in the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue areas, you are even more likely to feel depressed than the national average. According to the US Census Bureau, one in two Seattle-area adults felt depressed in November of 2020.
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression and want to find better ways to cope, therapy can help. If you have questions about depression treatment, please contact us. Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation to find out more about therapy with one of our depression experts.
Depending on your cultural background, upbringing, and identity, you may experience symptoms of depression that are unique to you. Some people experience depression mostly as physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, chronic pain, fatigue, or changes in appetite. Others may experience depression as a sense of restlessness, agitation, or irritability. Depression can also occur together with other mental health concerns such as anxiety, trauma, or disordered eating. Some common signs of depression include:
The length of time in therapy depends on each person’s unique situation and needs. Studies have shown that by the 10th session, most people report feeling better. You and your therapist will set goals and monitor your progress toward those goals. You will ultimately decide how long you want to work together with your therapist.
Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we are a good fit.
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