Depression can make it really hard to get out of bed, so it can make it even harder to imagine doing something like going to talk to a therapist about it. It can make it difficult to want to do just about anything, and tends to be very isolating as a result. As lonely as it can feel, it is a common concern we see among many of our clients here at the Colorado Center for Assessment and Counseling. We know that getting started can be the hardest part – it is intimidating to ask for help, especially when you’re feeling hopeless. Your biggest and hardest feelings will always have a soft place to land with us.
What is it?
Depression is a lasting feeling of sadness that causes a person to lose interest in the things they would normally enjoy. It’s classified as a mood disorder, so it affects your thoughts and emotions, but can have a huge impact on your body and behavior as well. Not every feeling of sadness means you are struggling with depression – sadness is a normal emotion to feel and express throughout life. Depression distinguishes itself from day-to-day sadness when it becomes all day, every day, for weeks or months on end.
What does it look like?
People struggling with depression sometimes have thoughts that the world would be better off without them, and those thoughts can make it difficult to complete even the simple parts of your routine. Sometimes that means tasks like brushing your teeth, combing your hair, or showering, which can start to negatively impact your physical health as well.Depression keeps you from taking care of yourself, your responsibilities, and most importantly from doing the things you enjoy. When life starts to feel like this, it might be worth talking to one of our therapists.
Here are more examples of what depression can look like:
- “Nothing will make me feel better.”
- “Nobody would care if I was gone.”
- “I don’t even really feel anything anymore.”
Depressive symptoms can manifest physically in the form of back and chest pain or headaches. It can impact your appetite and sleep as well – either resulting in over or under eating and disturbed sleeping patterns.
How can we help?
Our therapists are ready to fill your toolbelt with personalized coping skills to tackle your depression. We’ll make a safe space for you to explore what triggers your depressive feelings and process difficult situations. They will work with you to create an action plan for when you’re feeling depressed, and teach you new techniques to try when it feels like nothing is working.