How to Cope with Depression – Therapists and Counselors in Littleton
Open the curtains. Let in some light and fresh air. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply and slowly. Let your thoughts slip away, and just focus your attention on your inhales and exhales.
This quick little exercise can be done at any time, and can work wonders for improving your mood — especially when you those feel negative thoughts start to overwhelm your headspace. It’s just one of the many techniques a talented counselor will engage you with when you come in for depression therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Littleton.
Am I Depressed? Do I Need Counseling?
We all go through an array of experiences in life. Many of which are pleasant and inspirational, while others can invoke feelings of sadness within us. A loved one passes away. You get let go from a job. Your significant other tells you that “it’s just not working out.” You have to move to a new city, away from everyone you know. You can even be sad and not know why.
It’s normal to experience depressed moods from time to time, but if those moods last for more than a few days and begin to disrupt your day-to-day functioning — you might be suffering from a depression disorder.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Prolonged feelings of unhappiness, emptiness, hopelessness, sadness
- Loss of interest in former passions and activities
- Drawing away from loved ones
- Addition as a means of coping
- Irrational, angry outbursts
- Loss of sleep or excessive sleep
- Chronic fatigue
- Physical ailments that persist despite medical attention
- Inability to focus
- Constant anxiety, worry or fear
- Labored decision making and generally slowed thinking
- Rapid weight loss or gain
- Persistent, inexplicable feelings of guilt
- Suicide thoughts or actual attempts
You might identify with a lot of the symptoms above. For some, this realization will come as a relief: “Maybe I’m depressed.” You’ve identified a potential cause for your unhappiness, and can start investigating how to address it.
Others might read the list and feel even worse because it all sounds so grim. If you think you might be depressed, don’t let that thought bring you down even more. Millions of Americans suffer from depression, and meeting with a skilled, experienced counselor has been proven time and time again to help people find relief and start re-introducing happiness into their lives.
You Don’t Have to Live in Suffering
Whether mild or severe, depression is no cakewalk. It desaturates bright colors. It closes the shades to the bright, beautiful things in your life and leaves you feeling like there’s no hope — only pain.
We’re here to tell you that there’s hope. You don’t have to live this way. Help is available in the Littleton area. Call Thriveworks Littleton Depression Therapy today, and we will schedule your first session as soon as possible.
We accept many major insurance providers, and our subscribers benefit from increased access to premium appointment times, extra time during the first session and more.
You can change. You can thrive. We can help.