Overcome your Depression
Do you feel little joy, lack of excitement, always tired, barely motivated, foggy, or detached? Are relationships getting worse? Do you have trouble caring? Are other people seemingly doing laps around you, too excited, too energized? Do you just want to be left alone? These feelings are strong indications of depression, and are often a sign that help is needed. Our therapists at Bay Psychology Group can help you understand your depression so you can break free and live a happier more fulfilling life.
What is Depression?
You know what depression feels like, but may not understand where it comes from. Depression like many psychological issues has complex origins, but can generally be understood as coming from past experiences, troubling thoughts, and destructive behaviors. This can be concomitant with particular life-stressors like sudden loss, failures, or paradoxically even successes. For instance, failing to celebrate accomplishments could be seen as simply practical for the successful professional, not feeling the time is worth the fête. However, this shows the problematic thinking so emblematic of depression, where something positive is dismissed as a waste of time. This in turn can lead to the behavioral problem of not marking remarkable feats or effort, which is necessary for continued motivation, recognition, and perspective. The reasons a person may avoid such celebrations will be unique to him/her, which is why a tailored approach is needed to return a less depressed state.
Depression can show up as, apathy, little enjoyment in life, low libido, excessive sleeping, little or excessive appetite. If any of these issues sound familiar, get in touch, we're here to help.
How can therapy help?
First we must understand that depression is common and very treatable. How common? Some statistics have put the prevalence as high as four percent of the global population, with the US rate among adults as high as 19 percent. According to additional data, 1 in 4 women may suffer from it, and as many as 12% of all US men do. Thankfully, this means, considerable research has gone into finding treatments that therapists can use to help you find relief.
At Bay Psychology Group we primarily provide therapy from a psychodynamic or psychoanalytic perspective. This is an evidence-based therapy for depression that shows very good outcomes, among the best, indeed, when sustained effect is considered. That is, in post-treatment follow-ups when patients are asked to report how they are doing, these patient report the greatest relief from symptoms than any other types of therapy--even over medication. This seems to indicate that psychodynamic therapy sets in motion on-going change, even after therapy has ended. Translation: you'll continue to reap benefits after therapy and enjoy continued relief from depression.
Want to work on your depression? Get started by contacting us. We would love to help.