Is it hard to get out of bed each morning due to the exhaustion?
Do you feel guilty and wonder what you’re even contributing to the world?
Does an emptiness or sadness seem to loom over you most of the time?
I am having a harder time getting out of bed. Most of the time, I’m just pretending to be happy. I’d rather just be at home in bed. Why do I feel this way? Sadness, empty, anxious, helpless, worthless, guilty, hopeless, and irritable…it feels like these have become my constant companion.
Does this sound familiar? As mental health professionals, we understand how draining it can be to live with the symptoms of depression. Depression takes your energy away and slowly eats at your happiness. It’s hard to be you when you’re covered by a blanket of depression.
Depression can get better
The good news is depression can and does get better. Here at Outside the Norm Counseling, we have trained mental health therapists therapists ready to help you take the first steps toward feeling better. Our experienced depression counselors can help you get unstuck and overcome depression. We use evidence based treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (better known as just CBT) or Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Your counselor will help you piece together the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and actions. You’ll learn new tools and skills to quiet those depressed thoughts.
Basically, your therapist will help you rediscover who you are underneath your depression. We’ll help you face your inner most fears. You’ll begin identify the things that matter the most in your life. Your therapist will give you the tools you need to live in a way that emphasizes your top values & priorities, so you can truly create a life worth living.
Symptoms of Depression
Everyone’s depression feels a little bit different. Many people with depression that we see in our counseling office will say they notice a decrease in energy, unable to concentrate, lack of sleep, changes in appetite and loss of interest in activities that they once enjoyed. A more comprehensive list of depression symptoms include:
- Depressed Mood
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Things that used to be fun no longer feel fun
- Feeling sad or empty
- Change in appetite or significant weight change
- Change in sleep – either sleeping too much or too little
- Fatigue and always feeling tired
- Loss of energy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or hopelessness
- Difficulty Concentration
- Thoughts about death or suicide
- Lack of self esteem or confidence
Isn’t Not Easy to Ask for Help
It can be difficult to speak up and ask for help. Others would say that you are confident and put together. Often, you’re able to keep up that mask and many people think you’ve got everything together. It’s not easy admitting that you feel incapable of completing the tasks you once enjoyed. Some of our clients even report feeling guilty as they are unable to care for or connect with the ones they love.
If this is you, it is important you do not try to tough it out alone. Depression can be treated, you and your therapist will develop a plan and goals to achieve along the way. Your counselor will help you identify triggers and build confidence to live the life you want to live. You are not alone in this and although it might be difficult to reach out, you have already taken the first step by searching for a counselor online. Let’s get through this difficult time together.
Depression Treatment & Counseling in Temecula, CA
Depression can and does get better. In fact, as a Temecula, CA counseling clinic, we help people overcome depression every single day here at Outside the Norm Counseling. Our skilled, compassionate therapists will help you learn new ways to look at your life and give you tools for coping with your depression. Furthermore, your therapist will teach you healthy coping strategies to help you recognize and change unhealthy thought patterns. Through therapy, you will build confidence to live the life you want to live. Take the first step by contacting Outside the Norm Counseling.
Counseling for other mental health concerns
Outside the Norm Counseling also provides therapy for a variety of other mental health concerns. Our therapists help women, teens and couples find a sense of peace, happiness and excitement about life. In addition to depression counseling, we specialize in counseling for women’s issues, self confidence counseling, relationship & marriage therapy as well as anxiety treatment.