Living and working in Manhattan (NYC) takes a lot of energy. You're used to having everything together, but recently you've felt off. Could you be feeling depressed?
What are the symptoms of Depression?
You feel really down most of the time.
You don't enjoy things the same way anymore.
You're having trouble sleeping.
It's really hard to concentrate.
You feel anxious and agitated every day.
You don't have the same energy you used to.
You feel worthless and blame yourself a lot.
You're having a harder time making decisions.
How do we get depressed?
You've lost motivation and fallen into a slump after a sudden loss or change in your life. Without even noticing it, you've become more withdrawn and lost touch with your friends.
Or, you have just stopped caring, having lost any sense of pleasure in your work. You know this feels different. You're wondering whether you need help, but you don't know where to begin. Just the idea of asking for help makes you feel ashamed.
You know you're not doing as well at your job as you could be, but you wind up putting things off. Things start piling up to the point where playing catch-up feels draining and overwhelming.
How do we deal with depression?
Sometimes even when we're hurting, we keep our feelings to ourselves. You feel weak for having a problem. Sometimes you tell yourself you're just being lazy. All to keep others from finding out how much you're really struggling.
You learned along the way that you have to "keep on keeping on," never slowing down to process your pain and reach out to ask for help. You learned to wear a mask--to your friends, family, partners--in order to be strong. But you end up feeling drained and exhausted.
How can therapy for depression help?
Counseling can help you put your thoughts and feelings into words and take action through concrete, measured steps to get back control, feel more motivated, and start living again.
Depression is treatable and responds well to psychotherapy. In some cases the combining it with a small dose of medication is most effective.
However, without treatment, depression can often recur and relapse over time.
I know reaching out can be overwhelming, but don't let the idea that you "have to be strong" keep you from getting better. It takes strength and courage to acknowledge we need help.
If you're in Manhattan (NYC) and want to get started, I’d love to hear form you. Reach out below to get started today.