Feeling unmotivated, lacking in energy, and experiencing a consistent low mood? Does it require significant effort to get everyday tasks done or to be around people? When you are struggling with depression, even simple things like getting out of bed, showering, and getting dressed can feel as exhausting as running a marathon. Maybe you have even noticed your sleeping and eating habits have changed as well; you are sleeping your day away and struggling to get out of bed for work, school, or to take care of your family. Or, it’s the inverse; you toss and turn throughout the night, struggle to fall or stay asleep, and you cannot remember the last time you had a decent night of sleep.
You might even find yourself having thoughts of ending it all, crying often, and isolating. So often people think of depression as overwhelming sadness. Though this can be the case, depression can also be feelings of numbness. Things that used to bring us pleasure and joy no longer do; we numb out and feel neither sadness nor happiness to the point that life starts to feel like a fog. It is common for others to notice the changes in us too. They may express concern or even frustration with a perceived lack of motivation of care.
If you found yourself saying yes to any of the previously mentioned symptoms, you might be 1 of 5 people worldwide who will experience a depressive episode in his or her lifetime (NIMH). It is important to know that depression is not something made up or something we choose. Depression is a mental illness with legitimate physical and emotional complications. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you are part of this 1/5 population – we all need help at times. Just like you would see your physician for the flu or a broken bone, it is important to seek help for mental illnesses as well.
This is where I come in. As a trained and licensed psychotherapist, I bring a lifetime of experience, a good sense of humor, an excellent education, and a family systems perspective to treatment. I have experience treating depression in children, adolescents, young adults, couples, and groups. As your therapist, you can expect that we will explore your past, present, and future. I take a person-centered, strengths-based approach, meaning we will use your strengths and resiliency to identify coping skills, triggers, and other areas of your life that can help you work through your depression. I will be a non-judgmental ear for you to process and talk with. Sometimes just having that kind of safe space to talk and connect is incredibly healing and powerful for people.
Like most people, you might be having some reservations or second-thoughts about going to therapy. You might be so depressed that social situations are too much for you. Rest assured that your therapist has worked with similar struggles and will help you through this. You also might be labeling yourself, saying that you are “crazy” to need this kind of help. You are not crazy – depression is a legitimate illness recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). You deserve to take care of yourself and your life matters.
Don’t allow depression to steal another moment from you. Contact us today to schedule an assessment with me or to learn more about the therapeutic process.
This video is about the grieving process. I want you to understand the steps we go through when we grieve. DABDA is the acronym to describe what we feel. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Accept are the various stages that we experience. These stages are not necessary linear. We may go back and forth between these stages, we could get stuck on one. If you need help to get through the grieving process please call me at 909-693-3177.
Do you have anxiety and/or depression. Did it ever occur to you that your smartphone would be useful to help you with this problem? Here are 4 simple methods to use your smartphone with anxiety and/or depression. 1. Use a calm app, these are available at your app store. So many options, many of them free. The sound of different types of nature, meditation, muscle relaxation, you name it and all you have to do is double click on your app and you are ready to go.
2. Music. So calming and soothing. Really can relax you. I love to listen to the harmony of the Eagles. You might like to listen to rap, or country, or classic. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it calms you down. Put in those earphones and relax.
3. Journal on the note section of your phone. Talking about your thoughts and feelings is so important. If your upset start typing, you would be amazed at how much it can help.
4. Create a note that lists at least 10 coping skills. There are so many to choose from. Remember when you are upset, it is difficult to think. Our brain’s are not functioning at optimum capacity. Exercising is a good to put there. Four deep breaths to get some oxygen to your brain is great. What about gardening. What works for you. Put it on this note and take it out of if you are upset.
If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact me at 909/693-3177. www.caroladkisson.com therapist fontana.
Depression can look different than we imagine it. It can be sadness and crying. It can be many things. It can be laying in bed and not feeling like getting up. Not wanting to do the usual things than you used to like doing. It can look like numbness. Which feels like you aren’t feeling anything. Somebody in your life could be telling you that you have changed, and don’t seem to be like your old self. There is a lot of help out there. I can work with you in individual therapy to deal with your depression. I can teach you coping skills that will help you to manage your depression while you are healing. I would love that opportunity to help you.