Is Depression Making Everyday Tasks Seem Impossible To Accomplish?
Are you struggling with constant sadness, hopelessness, or disinterest in activities that once brought you joy?
Has depression made it hard to complete everyday tasks like showering, doing the dishes, or going to the grocery store?
Do you worry that you’re losing connections with others because of how much depression makes you want to self-isolate?
Maybe you feel like you’re going through a prolonged period of despair. Perhaps you’re struggling with a loss of motivation and energy—you feel like you’re just barely functioning in day-to-day life.
The good news is that there is hope.
Depression therapy can help you manage these formidable emotions and regain enjoyment in your life.
Depression Can Affect Many Different Facets Of Life
Depression can be overwhelming, and it’s important to know that it can affect both your mental and physical well-being.
Mental symptoms of depression may include feelings of worthlessness or guilt, anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure), apathy, disorientation, and dissociation.
Physical symptoms could include changes in appetite, weight, sleep disturbances, fatigue and exhaustion, difficulty concentrating, confusion, unexplained aches or pains, or even low blood pressure.
If you’re depressed, you may experience social inhibition and a general lack of interest. Activities or hobbies you once enjoyed may no longer bring pleasure. This lack of enjoyment can even cross into sexual territory by decreasing libido.
Many people with depression withdraw from family, friends, and even romantic partners because they don’t want to “burden” others or they think no one else will understand what they are going through. This way of thinking can lead to overwhelming feelings of loneliness, which only makes depression worse.
Despite these heavy feelings, you don’t have to deal with this alone. Positive changes can be made with the right help. Depression therapy can aid you in regaining your sense of self, enjoying your hobbies once more, and feeling more connected to those around you.
Depression Impacts Millions Of People All Over The World
The World Health Organization identifies depression as the top cause of ill health and disability globally. Current estimates suggest that 300 million people suffer from depression. Globally, nearly 40% of adults aged 15+ experience or know someone battling significant depression or anxiety (1).
Gallup’s data shows that 22% of Northern American adults have had depression or anxiety which disrupts daily activities for two weeks, akin to a global 19% average. Depression rates peak between ages 18-44. Yet, due to stigma and insufficient support, accurate depression rates across age, gender, and ethnicity remain underreported (2).
As you can see from the data, depression is a prevalent issue that affects millions of people. It’s not your fault if you are struggling with it.
Many social issues can contribute to depression, including pressure to conform, economic difficulties, the influence of technology and social media, family expectations, traumatic experiences, racial and minority stress, loss of cultural identity, gender roles, and limited access to mental health services.
Some people may also struggle with biochemical imbalances and genetic issues that can contribute to depression. Or maybe they don’t have a sound support system and feel like they have no one to talk to when they’re feeling down. All of these factors make it challenging for individuals to manage depression on their own.
These factors may make things seem bleak, but there are people who care and want to help.
Depression therapy can bring the sun back into your life so that everything doesn’t feel so foggy and gray anymore.
Depression Therapy Can Help You Experience Healing In Your Mind and Body
Here at Somatic Therapy Partners, we understand that depression is a challenging and difficult experience. That’s why we offer a holistic approach to treating depression through somatic therapy. Somatic therapy puts the spotlight on the relationship between your mind and body. It allows clients to explore the physical sensations tied to their emotions in a safe, nonjudgmental space.
With our guidance, you can develop a heightened self-awareness and learn to recognize and address the symptoms of depression. Our compassionate therapists utilize techniques such as grounding to help you stay present and alleviate symptoms of depression.
By releasing past traumas stored in the body and understanding the connection between physical sensations and emotional states, you can gain the tools to manage your symptoms and feel empowered to take control of your well-being.
What To Expect In Depression Therapy Sessions
Together, our depression therapists work alongside clients to explore their bodily sensations, past traumas, and attachment patterns. Sessions might delve into physical manifestations of emotional distress, trauma stored in the body, and relational patterns stemming from early-life attachment issues.
Long-term goals include achieving nervous system regulation, processing and integrating traumatic memories, fostering secure attachment behaviors, and empowering you with tools to navigate future stressors. The ultimate goal is to aim for holistic well-being and resilient interpersonal relationships.
You can count on our team to support you every step of the way.
Modalities Used For Depression Treatment
At Somatic Therapy Partners, we emphasize nervous system regulation and provide clients with tools like:
- Grounding Techniques: Grounding not only helps anchor you when you feel distressed, but also teaches your body a new and optimal state of being. Some examples of grounding are meditation, focused breathing, exercises that explore the 5 senses, and many more. Grounding helps you be more present in the moment.
- Nervous System Education: Clients can learn about their nervous system and gain the ability to recognize when their nervous system is activated or calm.
- Self-soothing Skills: Skills can include progressive muscle relaxation and safe place visualization, among many others, aiding in trauma processing and arousal modulation.
- Identifying One’s Window of Capacity: Clients identify their ‘sweet spot’ between having lots of energy and feeling numb or sedated, allowing them to avoid both anxiety and depression and achieve self-regulation.
- Somatic Attachment Focused (S.A.F.E.) Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR): A.F.E. EMDR includes pre-EMDR preparation, such as helping you understand your nervous system, identifying and finding solutions to obstacles that may hinder progress (panic attacks, disassociating, etc.), noticing what your system does when close to pain, and working on skills to help regulate the nervous system. Combined with a focus on attachment theory, this creates a deeply integrative approach to EMDR.
In your journey through depression, know you’re not alone. As somatic therapists, we specialize in harnessing the body’s innate power to heal and guide you to better understand and regulate your emotions. The path may seem challenging, but with dedication and support, profound transformation awaits. Let’s reconnect you with joy, balance, and hope together.
You May Be Thinking About Trying Depression Therapy, But You Still Have Some Concerns…
Will my depression therapist judge me?
Many individuals are concerned that their therapist will judge or misunderstand their thoughts, feelings, or life situations. Our primary role here is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to share and explore your feelings. Every person’s experience is valid, and no cases exist that are ‘too minor’ or ‘too severe’. Somatic Therapy Partners aims to understand, support, and work collaboratively with you. .
What if depression therapy doesn’t work for me?
It’s natural to have reservations, especially when discussing something as personal as mental and emotional well-being. Remember, therapy is a journey, and everyone’s path is unique. Sometimes, progress can be gradual and might take time to be evident. But, if you feel our approach isn’t working at any point, we encourage open communication. Methods can always be adjusted to find the best course of action tailored for you.
Will my personal information remain confidential?
Trusting someone with deeply personal and sometimes painful information can be daunting. Your privacy and trust are paramount to us. Everything we discuss here is confidential and follows ethical guidelines and laws. Rest assured, safeguarding your information and ensuring you feel secure in sharing is paramount.
Are You Ready To Bring Joy Back Into Your Life?
Therapy at Somatic Therapy Partners can help you get in touch with your mind and body and learn new skills for reducing your depression symptoms To get started, we invite you to schedule a free,15-minute phone consultation. Call 720-798-4064.