Therapy For Depression: Tina’s perspective

Are you feeling empty, hopeless, negative?   Like withdrawing from people?  Lacking in confidence?  Feeling no pleasure in life?  Has your mood affected your appetite (either direction)?  Your sleep pattern?  Your ability to think straight?

These can be symptoms of clinical depression.  Depression can result from internal factors like hormones – e.g., PMS, postpartum depression or brain dysfunction as in bipolar disorder or PTSD.   It can also result from too many life stressors.  Our brains and bodies have the ability to respond to stress and then bounce back.  With too many stressors, our reserves are depleted and our systems become overwhelmed.

Antidepressant meds can be helpful in restoring chemical balance.  But, as intelligent beings,  it is also important that we understand ourselves.  Depression is usually a very important part of a life story.  Therapy offers an opportunity to sort through and  make sense of whatever is bringing us down.  And then to devise plans and strategies for coping, for changing or perhaps accepting.  {See Musings or Newsletters which offer coping strategies}

We will work together to figure out what your depression is about.  How it manifests.  What may be contributing to or intensifying it  We want to understand your feelings and your theories as to why you’re experiencing depression.  What stresses or traumas may have brought it on.  What predispositions may be due to your history or your chemistry.  Does depression or other mood disorders run in your family?  Have you experienced loss or trauma in childhood?  In adulthood?  Are you hormone-sensitive?

And we need to look at your relationships – with men, with women, and particularly, with yourself.