Is Your Mood Preventing you from Living your Desired Life?
- You are not alone although it might feel so..
- Depression is one of the most common reasons people visit a therapist.
- The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) states that approximately 16.2 million adults in the United States had major depression sometime in 2016.
- Depression changes how you feel, what you think, how you behave, what you do and how you live your life daily.
If You have noticed some of the following
Why am I so Depressed?
- Sometimes there is no obvious reason why but you can’t shake off the gloom and doom thoughts and feelings.
- Your thoughts are frequently negative and self-defeating.
- NIMH reports many factors contribute to depression.
- Genes (do you know a family member struggling with depression?).
- Environment and psychology.
- Stressors (chronic illness, caregiver)
- Not loving your work/relationships or stressed by one or all of them
Can’t I just take Medications?
Yes, but… All depression is not created equal. For some people, there is a chemical imbalance that responds to medications. I am not for or against medications. I believe you and your psychiatrist will decide if and when medications are best for you.
Medications can be helpful when depression is severe and acute, and might be needed for longer periods. Medications alone will not help you with a strained relationship, a job that’s stressing you out or a schedule that’s leaving you no room to breathe.
How Can Therapy with You help Me?
I offer you a safe place to feel heard, understood and not feel judged.
If you’ve been told “it’s in your head.” It’s not in your head.
Or, to, “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” I am not sure how that’s possible.
Or “you are just sad.” Depression is different from sadness although sadness can show up in depression.
“Don’t be lazy.” Your low motivation and low energy is not necessarily laziness.
Perhaps, you’ve told yourself any or all of these.
As depression decreases and your energy returns you will begin to notice yourself doing more of what you once loved and enjoyed.
Get out of bed. Wake up with a smile. Spend time with loved ones. Find enjoyment in life again!
What Will Really Happen in Therapy?
Here are some of what we might work on together:
- We create a plan unique to you. The plan includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), shown consistently to be effective in coping with depression.
- What you would like life to look like if you are not so depressed (energized, joyful, motivated etc.).
- Explore the source of difficult emotions, thoughts and feelings fueling the cycle of depression. Are you grieving some losses or recently made some transitions?
- What are you stressing about? How can you address them?
- Examine what you are doing now that’s helpful and what coping skills/tools you would love to have.
- Discuss and offer you choices of what you can do now to feel energized and have an improved outlook.
- Learn strategies, tools and skills to create and be your best self. Smile again
I might make recommendations on podcast, apps, books, readings, exercises that you might find helpful in between our sessions.
Are you or your loved ones struggling with depression?
I help depressed adults move from depressed to energized and motivated and create a life they love.
Jumoke Omojola is a Mental Health Therapist in Omaha, Nebraska where she assists adults create healthier, happier lives and nurturing relationships. She serves Bellevue, Ralston, LaVista and other surrounding Omaha and Council Bluffs areas.
Contact Jumoke now for your free 15-minute consultation email@example.com or 4029816624.