“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”
-Mary Anne Radmacher
Depression may arise in mourning a loss or in a season overcast in shame or anger. It can be a languishing of identity and self-worth. There is an irony in the loneliness experienced in even intimate relationships for a person who is depressed.
Depression leads to compulsive self-reflection. It robs courage, creativity, and compassion for others. It affects concentration, appetite, and sleep. It places relationships at a distance.
Rules and structures we live by make up a dynamic of power that can reinforce depression. In therapy, such power is confronted so that it will change.
I coach clients to become mindful of their emotions, the flux and flow of reaction and mood. In therapy, I facilitate awareness of emotional experiencing and coach individuals to interact with their emotion in ways that promote healing changes, I help people understand why managing disruptive change is so important.
Therapy is also a time to address myths we live by. Reconstructing beliefs about oneself in therapy reinforces changes being made so that they become more durable and long-lived.
Take a Depression Screening Test provided by Psych Central.
Find helpful information about medication for depression here at GoodTherapy.org.
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