Are you feeling sad, hopeless, or like you’ve lost your zest for life?
Do you find yourself staring off into space, feeling numb, crying for no particular reason, or just feeling empty inside? Maybe you feel disconnected or find yourself isolating and avoiding friends and family who care about you? You find that even when you’re with friends, you feel disconnected and lonely.
Perhaps you have noticed a change in your sleep and eating patterns. You may be eating or sleeping more or less than normal. Regardless of your sleep or eating patterns, you may feel as though your energy is zapped and life is just exhausting. You try so hard to focus on work, school, reading, or even talking with friends, but it’s hard to process information these days.
Maybe this is a familiar feeling for you and has happened before, or maybe this is the first time you are experiencing this. You may feel stuck or unsure what to do, or even know what you need to do or others have told you what to do, but are just unable to do it. Perhaps, even the thought of doing what you need to do seems impossible or pointless.
Depression is sneaky. Sometimes depressed people develop “depressive realism” where they believe that for the first time they are seeing the world or their life for how it truly is - empty and meaningless. You may think that your past self and others look at the world through rose-colored-glasses and are naive to the reality of how sad the world really is. This can make it very difficult to understand that what you are dealing with is in fact depression.
Hopelessness or thoughts of death or suicide also may be present in the course of a depressive episode. If suicidal thoughts are present, you should not hesitate in getting help! Call 911 immediately or take yourself to the nearest emergency room if you are worried about yourself or loved one taking their own life. You don’t have to do this alone, even if you feel like you are alone in your life. No matter how hopeless you might feel, there is always a spark of hope and help is available for you.
You Are Not Alone
More than 16 million Americans report having had a depressive episode at least once in their lives. This number is increased exponentially when you also consider those who may experience more chronic mild depression (dysthymia), postpartum depression, bereavement, or situationally caused depressive episodes. You may not hear people talk about it much, but most people are familiar with the feeling of depression and many have sought treatment for it at some point in their lives.
Depression is not a weakness. Being depressed does not mean that you lack the willpower to change nor does it mean that you are not strong enough to handle life and its stressors. Depression is not a character flaw.
It is a real biologically and psychologically based illness that can have a major detrimental impact on a person’s life if it is not treated and addressed appropriately. Untreated depression can lead to major social, financial, academic, medical, and other devastating effects in a person’s life. Not to mention, depression takes a major toll on relationships and the loved ones who watch you suffer through it.
Getting help for depression is also not sign of weakness. Yes, some people can work through their issues without seeking professional help, just as some people can build build their own homes, stitch their own wounds or teach their own children academic lessons. However, most people need help with these things and appropriately hire contractors, plumbers, electricians, surgeons, and teacher to help provide these essential services effectively and correctly. Working with a therapist is no different.
You Want to Feel Better...
You Deserve to Feel Better
Treatment for depression can be short term or long term. Some people opt to work through the initial crisis and develop tools to identify and prevent relapse and they terminate their therapeutic work. Others may elect to dive deeper into more of the root causes and understand the core beliefs and situations from their past that may have caused or contributed to their current or past depressive episodes. Both are appropriate and both types of therapy are available to you here in Fort Lauderdale at our counseling and psychology group private practice.
Millions of people seek treatment every year for Major Depression and other depression related issues. Treatment consists of both interventions focused on how faulty thinking contributes to unhelpful beliefs about yourself, others and the more philosophical world, as well as, it challenges the unhelpful behaviors or the “rut” during the course of depression. You will be challenged to both think and do things differently and to identify the warning signs and triggers for depression to prevent or manage any future occurrences you may experience.
How Depression Counseling
Can Help You or Your Loved One
The decision to start therapy is a difficult one. At Bayview Therapy, we understand that therapy is a substantial time, emotional, and financial commitment. Because of this we strive to work with you to make the process of obtaining therapy as accessible as possible.
We have many clinicians who offer evening and weekend sessions to accommodate your schedule, as well as, several clinicians who offer a need-based sliding scale rate to make therapy available to those who need it. If appropriate, we will also will work with your loved ones and family also to help engage more support around the client struggling with depression.
All clinicians at Bayview therapy are highly trained in the treatment of depressive disorders. When you call our office, you will be matched with the right clinician for you based on availability, personality, and other clinical specialties. Upon being matched with your clinician they will conduct an initial assessment during the first meeting to collaborate with you in setting goals for therapy and to identify expectations and the unique needs of each client.
Questions or Concerns About Depression Counseling
I am not crazy, could I still benefit from therapy?
Yes! Millions of people seek therapy every year for a variety of issues ranging from severe mental illness to mild sadness or situational stressors. Going to therapy does not make you crazy, nor does it mean that you are.
How long do I need to go to therapy for depression?
Average length of therapy is 10-20 sessions. However, many people utilize less or more sessions depending on their goals and the issues they are attending therapy for. Most of our clinicians offer a strength-based, brief therapy model to help clients reach their goals in as short of a time frame as possible. However, some clients opt to continue therapy after the remission of their depressive episode to continue self-exploration and improve relapse prevention skills.
Is depression therapy covered by my insurance?
There are several reasons why we do not accept insurance as an in-network provider. One of the reasons is that it reduces your privacy and confidentiality. Insurance requires that your therapist provide you with a psychiatric diagnosis that goes on your medical health record and can negatively impact you in many ways.
We want you to be an informed consumer and to have the opportunity to remain in control of your care without the restrictions of insurance. However, if you aren’t concerned about getting a diagnosis and you have a PPO plan, we could discuss going through your out of network benefits. Let us know during your initial call if you want to use insurance and we discuss how this works.
I want depression counseling, but I don’t feel like it is something money or time will allow.
As mentioned prior, our clinicians offer very flexible schedules including evenings and weekend session times to accommodate our clients busy schedules. Further, many clinicians offer need-based sliding scales to help make therapy accessible for those with more financial constraints. Additionally, clinicians offer super-bills to allow clients with out-of-network benefits to access the reimbursements allowed by their policies.
I don’t think that I am clinically depressed, should I still consider therapy for my sadness or loss of interest in my life?
Yes, therapy is not limited to just those with severe psychological disorders. Many people seek therapy for situational, stress related, relationship distress or other issues that elicit depression-like symptoms. We are here for you, regardless of whether you are struggling with major depressive disorder or struggling with sadness related to a situation in your life.
You Can Get Your Life Back From Depression
If you would like to learn more about depression counseling at Bayview Therapy or want to schedule an appointment with one of our caring, dedicated therapists, call 954-391-5305 to speak with our office assistant and connect with your therapist. We offer a free 15-minute phone consultation.
We offer face-to-face sessions as well as online therapy via phone or video sessions on a secure, HIPAA compliant platform. Our team of expert counselors in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs are here to help!