Are You Exhausted Or Overwhelmed By Sadness, Heaviness, Negativity Or Guilt?
You may struggle at work or school as you have a hard time focusing, or you might push yourself to be the perfect employee or student and dwell on every mistake you make. As you spend increasing amounts of time working or in bed, you may feel increasingly unmotivated and isolated. You may wake up one day and realize that you can’t remember the last time you truly felt good about yourself and your relationships. Do you wish you could change the way you think about challenges, take control of your emotions and feel better about yourself?
Have struggles in your personal life, relationships and career or schoolwork left you feeling like a failure? Do you feel like you aren’t good enough or that you are constantly messing up tasks and relationships? You may spend your time and energy caring for others, but leave no time or have little energy to care for yourself. Perhaps you feel guilty, wondering if you could have done more for someone or that if you had made a different choice things would have turned out better. Feelings of social shame and insecurity may make it difficult to feel safe and happy in personal and professional relationships, and you may set impossible standards for yourself as you try to meet your peer or partner’s every need.
Everyone Experiences Depression In Their Own Way
At The Counseling Center (TCC) in Towson, MD, we see hundreds of adult and adolescent clients every year who feel sad, alone and unsure about how to dig themselves out of the hole they are in. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the world, impacting more than 350 million people worldwide. Depression may present in different ways for each of us, and it affects all aspects of your being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. There are a variety of causes of depression, including family history, increased stress and coping with a significant transition or loss. Because of the dramatic growth, development and stress that often occurs during adolescence, many individuals first experience or recognize the onset of depression as teenagers or young adults. But, everyone experiences depression in his or her own unique way; as a result, you may never have received the diagnosis or treatment you need to feel more confident and in control of your life. After months or years of suffering alone, you may wonder if you’ll ever be able to understand why you are struggling and how you can change your situation.
With depression treatment at TCC, there is hope for recovery. When you have the right guidance and support, a holistic plan for treatment of depression can help you see your situation from a new perspective, improve communication in relationships and feel more confident about who you are.
Many Individuals Find Healing And Happiness With Depression Treatment
Research shows that psychotherapy is a viable and necessary treatment for depression. We will help you develop a plan to address the symptoms and to resolve the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of depression. For mild to moderate depression, counseling can give you the practical tools and resources you need to replace harmful thoughts and behaviors with healthier alternatives. If you are struggling with severe depression, we may recommend that you seek a medication evaluation with a qualified physician as part of your treatment. Medication may help alleviate the physical symptoms of depression and assist with your recovery. At The Counseling Center, you can find the support, resources, practical strategies and individualized treatment you need to feel happier and more confident within yourself and about your life.
Depression treatment at TCC incorporates a variety of information and tools to help you feel more empowered and alive. By learning and tracking how your body experiences depression – feeling a sense of fatigue or heaviness, for example – you can understand how your mood is changing over time. If you are experiencing negative thoughts, which is a common symptom of depression, your therapist can guide you through steps to shift into more realistic and positive thinking. When you can challenge harmful and limiting thoughts, you can begin to set reasonable expectations for yourself and reduce feelings of guilt and stress. By looking at patterns in your relationships, family dynamics and physical routine – sleep, exercise and diet – we can develop strategies that help you build on your strengths and heal past challenges or trauma.
At TCC, we provide a safe space and compassionate counseling where you can feel understood and supported as you address the challenges in your life. We understand that everyone experiences depression in his or her own way, and we will tailor your therapy to meet your individual challenges, strengths and goals. With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), you can learn to identify negative thoughts about yourself and others as they arise and see your situation from a more positive perspective. By tuning into your mind and body, you can recognize when your mood is starting to change and, like an early warning sign, take steps to alleviate uncomfortable or distressing depression symptoms. And by building on your strengths, you can learn to appreciate your skills instead of focusing on challenges.
The therapists at TCC have been helping adults and adolescents in Towson manage difficult emotions and painful or distressing depression symptoms for over 40 years. We have seen how effective depression treatment can be when you find the right support and have a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. While it may take time to reach your depression treatment goals, the relationship you form with your therapist can be a crucial part of your healing, and he or she will be there to support your through the therapy process. With the dedicated and empathic support you receive at The Counseling Center, you can learn how to cope with triggers, feel better about yourself and experience more happiness in your relationships.
But you may still have questions or concerns about depression treatment…
Depression treatment makes me look weak, like I can’t handle things on my own.
It takes courage and strength to seek help for your personal challenges and come in for depression counseling. And, it is important to remember that you are not alone in your struggles. Chances are you know someone who is currently seeing a therapist or on medication to help manage depression symptoms.
Medication will fix my depression.
Medication can be a component of effective depression treatment, but it only serves to address a few of the challenges or symptoms you are facing. Therapy, however, gives you the tools you need to cope with the day-to-day struggle and unanticipated difficulties that come with depression. You may benefit from a combination of medication and evidence-based depression counseling, and we can help you find the best solution for your needs.
I’m too embarrassed to come in for depression treatment.
One of the symptoms of depression is that it can leave you feeling too embarrassed, guilty or ashamed of your condition to seek the help you need. But, there are a wide variety of reasons you may have developed depression, including biological factors that are outside of your control. At TCC, we can help you understand why you are struggling. With help and support, you can learn the skills and develop the self-confidence you need to manage challenges and feel happier in your life.
You Can Feel Better About Yourself
Depression treatment at The Counseling Center can give you the resources, skills and support you need to feel happier and more confident in your life. If you are ready to begin taking control of your life, or if you have additional questions about depression treatment, we encourage you to call 410-583-7443 to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation.