Depression Treatment in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Have you been feeling sad, hopeless, and not yourself? Does it feel like you’re walking around in a fog? Did you forget something important? Is it hard to concentrate? Do you feel numb? Are you tired of feeling sick and tired? Depression stinks!
Is the negativity in the world making your depression symptoms feel worse? Do you feel isolated and disconnected? Have you lost your motivation to achieve future goals?
Sleep may be an issue when you feel depressed. Also, eating patterns change. Your energy level feels zapped. As a result, even when you try your hardest you feel as if you’re disappointing everyone around you.
Maybe you’re in a serious relationship and depression contributes to you feeling misunderstood and alone. Your partner may feel frustrated and you might feel like everything bad is all your fault.
Depression is sneaky. Before we know it we feel stuck feeling worthless. Life seems too hard. Jumbled and confusing thoughts take control of your mind. In short, you may not recognize yourself any longer. The glass is always half empty. Meanwhile, there’s nothing to look forward to anymore. This may be the first time you’ve felt like this or maybe you’ve been suffering on and off for years. Sometimes depression leads to suicidal thoughts and this can feel terrifying.
Call 911 immediately or head to your nearest emergency room if you are worried about yourself or a loved one feeling suicidal. You are not alone. Our trained and licensed clinicians are here to help. There is hope! Likewise, change is possible!
You’re not alone, depression is common
Anyone can develop depression. The number one reason people seek counseling is to get help with their depression. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) more than 17 million Americans had at least one depressive episode in the past year. Studies show that the global pandemic has tripled depression symptoms in people. More than ever we are all feeling isolated, disconnected, alone, and withdrawn. The last few years have been hard on people’s mental health.
What’s holding you back?
Americans do not like to talk about depression. We don’t want to be viewed as weak or lacking willpower. It can feel embarrassing to reach out for help because our society hides mental health issues in the dark.
Maybe you’re afraid of digging up painful experiences. Perhaps it is scary to think about sharing your thoughts and feelings. Depression and anxiety are often married to each other. It’s common to feel dread and worry when we are already feeling sad and hopeless.
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our constant connection to the apps on our phones contribute to feelings of shame that we are not “perfect” like our friends. The thing is – no one is perfect! After all, we all go through things in life. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a diagnosable, treatable, curable mental health condition. Feeling joy again is possible. The cloud can lift and feeling the sun again can be beautiful.
Life is worth living to the fullest. Depression therapy can help you find your joy again.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. What do you do when you don’t see the light?
First of all, believe that it is there even if you don’t see it. The one universal thing is that we’re always changing. Life does not stay the same. There is hope that you’ll find the light again.
Secondly, it is important to get out of your own head. Why? Because, being in your own head is a dark place right now. In your head the dark thoughts are just spinning over and over. That place in your head keeps you in terrible suffering. We want to get you out of there. There are lots of strategies for getting out of your own head. A therapist can teach you these strategies.
The third thing to help you find the light is to ask for help. We know this is really hard to do. It’s so scary to reach out for help. You may have tried in the past and people just did not understand what you were asking. You may have felt rejected and hurt. Asking for help may have made you feel worse, so you stopped asking for help. Ask for help one more time.
Moreover, seek help from someone who knows and understands what you’re going through. Above all, ask for help from someone who has the ability to teach, listen, support, and validate the choices you make on your journey to find the light again.
What to expect
Season’s clinicians provide a safe space for you to be yourself. In particular, there is no judgment in the therapy room. Therapy is a place where we explore the ways that you think and what shaped your thought processes. To begin with, a therapist will meet you where you are with your depression. Secondly, goals will be identified that are unique to you and your life. Next, your therapist will help you develop skills to identify what is happening in your mind and body. Together you will work on breaking the cycle of negative thought patterns that just leave you feeling stuck. The clinicians at Seasons Psychotherapy Associates utilize many evidence-based interventions to help treat depression.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT combines effective talk therapy with behavior therapy. Clients learn how to reframe negative thoughts into positive ones. Changing your thought patterns leads to behaving in more positive ways. Clients gain the skills to cope with life in a more positive manner.
Learning mindfulness skills helps you be in the present rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Your therapist will work with you to focus and relax so that you are able to look ahead and accomplish the tasks at hand. Mindfulness techniques like grounding and breathing exercises help you process difficult emotions in a healthier way.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a talk therapy that teaches people proven skills for accepting and not being controlled by their negative thoughts and feelings that lead to depression. By freeing oneself from the weight of their thoughts and feelings, ACT allows people with depression to take control over their lives. ACT helps people move forward and live more fulfilling lives.
Questions and Concerns about depression therapy.
I want depression therapy, but I don’t know if I have the time.
Seasons Psychotherapy strives to make counseling convenient and easy for you. We offer flexible hours either in person or via telehealth where you are in the comfort of your own home. We’ll try tol work with you to find a time that works.
I’ve lived like this a long time, I don’t think I can change.
You’ll never know unless you try. What can attending therapy hurt? You’re already feeling miserable, give it a chance. Depression therapy can provide the support and help you need to start feeling better. Attending therapy will teach you the skills you need to heal your depression fully. You’ll spend less time just “getting by” and more time living to your fullest. Change is possible. We see it all the time with our clients. It’s what makes our jobs so rewarding.
Get your life back, invest in depression therapy today.
Take the next step.
Are you interested in reaching out to a depression therapist and think we might be a good fit? We invite you to simply contact us at 954-342-0982 or make an appointment. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!