Does Everything About Life Feel Challenging These Days?

Woman looking sad with her face on a rail.Are you often feeling sad or hopeless about the future? Is it difficult for you to feel inspired or motivated to make progress in your life? Or has a loss, trauma, or other painful experience caused you to live with a sense of unrelenting grief?

You may find that you lack the desire or drive to participate in certain relationships or activities. Perhaps you’re often agitated, irritable, or uninterested in being around others. It may feel as though nothing can lift your spirits.

Maybe you’re struggling with physical symptoms of depression. It could be that you constantly feel lethargic and sluggish. Or perhaps your sleep patterns have changed, depleting your energy.

If you’re living with depression, life probably feels dull, directionless, and, at times, impossible. And even though you may have things in your life for which you’re grateful or a helpful support system to lean on, it may seem as though nothing will be able to get you out of this funk.

Relief is possible, though. Counseling can provide you with a safe space to explore your experiences, understand the root of your depression, and build coping skills for overcoming it.

In Today’s Hectic And Stressful World, Depression Prevails

sullen looking man with sun in the backgroundDepression can be an extremely isolating thing to experience. It, along with anxiety, is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the world, so you are not alone in experiencing it. In fact, most estimates show that at least seven percent of American adults have experienced at least one major depressive episode, and it’s a condition often found in adolescents and teens as well.

Many factors contribute to depression, including genetic predisposition, unresolved trauma, or grief and loss, though cultural and circumstantial factors are often at play too. Take, for example, the ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic shook America. Economies and employment rates that were once booming seemed to plateau in just a matter of hours. Now, many of us are faced with job loss, financial hardship, challenges with childcare, and an uncertain future.

When we as individuals are faced with such adversity, it’s only natural that feelings of sadness and hopelessness would infiltrate our psyche. And even if there was no one, singular event that turned our world upside down, symptoms of clinical depression are just as hard to live with as difficult and unforeseen circumstances. The world can so often feel like a challenging and scary place to live in. And with each disappointment or challenge, it can seem as though the possibility of joy keeps getting farther and farther away.

Yet, no matter how pessimistic you may feel about things in your life right now, a caring counselor can make you feel welcomed and accepted exactly as you are. With their support, you will have an opportunity to experience that depression treatment is an investment in yourself that can pave the way to a more hopeful and satisfying future.

You Can Shift Your Mindset And Develop More Positive Associations With The World Around You In Depression Treatment

When you’re living in the fog of depression, it can be hard to see ahead or imagine feeling anything but the heavy burden of sadness. The clinicians at Insight Counseling Center, however, will work with you to understand the specific, unique, and individualized approaches that can help you find your way out of depression.

Beginning with an initial intake that will go over your experiences, history, and any previous treatments for depression, your Insight counselor will start to develop an idea of the root of your symptoms. We’ll work together to understand how these symptoms are affecting you on a day-to-day basis so that we can customize therapeutic tools and an approach to treatment that will not only target surface signs of depression but underlying causes as well.

Our clinicians use trauma-informed techniques that encourage clients to challenge cognitive distortions or negative self-beliefs that are keeping them from making progress. Therefore, depression treatment at Insight Counseling Center usually includes talk therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), expressive arts, and mindfulness to assist clients in processing their experiences.

Moreover, EMDR is also a highly effective approach for helping clients calm the nervous system and clear the neural pathways that have been blocked by internalized distress. As a result, our clients struggling with depression tend to feel more relaxed, resilient, and freer of symptoms after treatment.

The heaviness of depression is not a weight you have to carry alone—a counselor can shoulder some of that burden while facilitating the healing process. Though it may seem unlikely now, you can manage and even eliminate symptoms of depression so that life can begin to feel more engaging and satisfying.

It is possible to overcome depression with the right treatment, and at Insight Counseling Center, we can show you how.

Maybe you’re interested in treating your depression with the help of a counselor, but you have some concerns…

I feel so down and hopeless—I don’t see how depression treatment could possibly help me.

We understand that when living with depression, it feels like nothing or no one can help. Yet we’ve seen our clients have great success with the help of depression treatment. Our empathetic, trauma-informed counselors are trained in a wide variety of approaches that have been proven effective for treating depression. We’re confident that if you can agree to a few initial sessions of therapy, you’ll begin to see the weight of your sadness to lift and some of your symptoms of depression lessen or vanish entirely.

Nothing bad happened to me, so I don’t see why I would need trauma-informed care.

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to what constitutes trauma—it’s not just about abuse, violence, or an emergency. Trauma can take many forms. And if you’ve experienced loss, insecurity, or an upheaval to your daily routine, you’ve likely internalized distress that is now manifesting as depression. Counseling can help you to better understand how past pains and experiences have contributed to depression over time and develop the coping skills needed to manage your emotions.

Can’t I just take medication to help with depression?

Of course, medication is always an option for depression treatment, and our counselors at Insight can guide you in making that decision. However, it’s important to keep in mind that medications mask symptoms of depression instead of getting to the core issue. Studies show that medication works better when paired with talk therapy. Plus, counseling can give you tangible skills to use when it comes to managing depression.

You Can Learn To Approach Life With More Ease And Optimism

If you’re tired of feeling sad and hopeless, depression treatment at Insight Counseling Center can help you shift your perspective and find relief from symptoms. To schedule an appointment or to find out more about our practice, please visit our contact page.