Many Americans today suffer from depression, something that robs them of joy and happiness, of having the freedom to follow their dreams, and of having a sense of adventure in life. Depression can affect your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. It can negatively impact your ability to do your job effectively, to enter into relationships with others, or to even engage in activities that previously brought you enjoyment. It can cause you to feel tired all the time, have difficulty concentrating, feel irritable, have trouble sleeping or oversleeping, feel hopeless and pessimistic, and even have thoughts of suicide if the depression is severe. How does depression affect you? What does it hold you back from doing in your life?
Sometimes depression is simply a reaction to circumstances in life that are beyond your ability to cope, and once those circumstances change, or you learn some good coping tools, you are likely to feel better. But, sometimes, depression can be something that settles into your life, bringing feelings of heaviness, emptyness, loneliness and darkness. When that happens, you may feel like you are stuck and can't get out of it, yet have little motivation to try to summon the energy to change.
Truthfully, depression is rather complicated. A number of factors can contribute to feeling depressed. Here are a few:
Emotionally you may be experiencing:
Grief or sadness from an important loss, or series of losses throughout your life.
Anger turned inward at yourself.
Loneliness, being disconnected from others, not being in community.
Shame for some perceived mistakes, imperfections or failures.
Mentally you may:
Believe negative things about yourself, such as, "I have to do it perfectly. I can't make a mistake. I'm not good enough."
Engage in a lot of self-critical thinking, and what you say to yourself over and over, outloud or inside your mind, is reflective of this.
Physically, these are a few things that have contributed to depression in some people that I have worked with in the past:
An imbalance in the neurotransmitters in the brain (for which medication is helpful).
An overgrowth of Candida (which is epidemic in America today).
An exposure to mold that has gotten into the body.
Parasites in the blood.
Poorly functioning Thyroid.
Too much sugar and chocolate, and eating high carb foods throughout the day, resulting in an imbalence in your blood sugar.
Poor nutrition and and eating a lot of processed foods that contain chemicals that can mess with your hormones.
Not living out of your truest self, what you are passionate about, or what your purpose is in life.
Not feeling any sense of something beyond yourself and your everyday life.
Feeling disconnected from any sense of a higher power or God.
If you are experiencing any of the above, you do not have to be stuck living this way. There are many tools and strategies that can help you feel better. Some of them involve doing some in-office counseling, but others can be learned and taken home with you. Please check out the "Tools" page for some strategies you can incorporate into your life. Of course, if you are feeling suicidal or have no energy, please see your Primary Care Physician to rule out any kind of medical problem, or see a Psychiatrist to be evaluated for a possible prescription for an anti-depressant.
You deserve to feel better, and I would love to help you conquer the depression you've been experiencing. To schedule a time to get together to see if working with me would be a good fit for you, please call me at 847-781-1407 or email me at [email protected]