Dave Payne, LPCC, BC-TMH


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Depression can be an extremely frustrating condition to live with--whether you have it yourself or are trying to help someone you care about with depression.  This is because the very symptoms that cause the most problems are also making it extremely difficult for that person to effectively treat their depression. 

In its least-invasive form, depression may simply show up as consistent pessimism, lack of energy, a sense of monotony in daily life, and/or losing interest in previously-enjoyable activities. 

At its worst, depression can drive a person to the point that they have no hope of ever feeling better.  They may have trouble getting out of bed for anything, including personal hygiene and childcare.  The person with depression may resist other people's offers to help them get counseling or medication, often because the depression is "telling" them there's no hope, or because they feel like leaving the house would require too much energy.  Untreated depression in its severe form can lead to some people attempting suicide, usually because they feel there's no other way to escape the emotional pain.

If you are coping with depression, I would like to help you learn to recognize patterns in your thoughts and daily/weekly routines that may be indulging the depressive thoughts and feelings you're having.  We then focus on making very small, gradual changes in your life that are manageable (yes, really) and that will help you begin a new pattern of challenging the depressing thoughts/feelings as they arise.  

Living with depression can feel extremely disheartening and frustrating.  Whether you seek help with me or with someone else, I urge you to start that process today.  Your depression may have convinced you that your situation can't improve, but if you break progress down into small enough steps, you can eventually reach your goal to overcome the darkness of depression.