Are you feeling hopeless and helpless?
Do you not see a realistic way to stop the pain you feel?
Do you feel a lack of energy that leaves you drained and unable to enjoy your usual day-to-day activities and relationships? Has it gotten to the point where you feel like you have no energy at all? Is it difficult to set goals and follow through on them? Do you find yourself reacting negatively to those around you and to circumstances that you may have handled in the past with optimism and energy? When was the last time you truly enjoyed yourself and had fun?
Everyone has faced difficult losses that have left a mark.
Are you experiencing any of the above symptoms? They rarely exist in isolation, so it may seem that you are rotating through several syndromes one after the other and, on a bad day, you might feel that they are all stacked up on top of your heart. It can be overwhelming and seem almost hopeless.
These and other symptoms suggest that you may be one of many people who suffer from some level of depression. Although statistics are notoriously difficult to rely on, it seems that depression is the most common issue clinicians deal with on a daily basis.
If you have heard yourself say, “I feel hopeless,” if you are feeling helpless, the time is now to transform a mental dysfunction into strength.
We can do better than just coping with depression. The goal is to get well beyond just living with depression. Helplessness is not inevitable. It is not just the way things are; it is the result of your developmental experiences and those experiences can be overcome.
I offer a safe place and an effective method to overcome such feelings. That process begins by recognizing that, although common, such feelings have a history and a development that is uniquely yours. No one catches a case of depression like we catch the flu. It is not a biologically contagious disease vector. While there are always neurological elements in play in depression, it remains primarily an emotional response to childhood loss being evoked in the adult or adolescent. When you experience a loss or disappointment as an adolescent or as an adult, that loss is in the context of much earlier losses that set the stage for how you will react now.
There is a great deal of controversy surrounding the The cause of depression and its treatment. However, the latest research clearly indicates that anti-depressant medication has no greater effect than a sugar pill. The placebo effect is all that medication can do for depression. Pills are never enough to fix the problem at the heart of these feelings of tremendous sadness and helplessness.
Living with depression can be overwhelming and seem almost hopeless. However, with help, you can recognize the patterns that generate these feelings. If you can, with great courage, see deeply into your past and early childhood relationships, resolution of these issues is possible. If you can bring to conscious awareness those long-repressed feelings that drive destructive and disruptive behavior patterns, meaningful change is possible. It is not easy, and it is never quick. The good news is that you do not have to struggle with any of these painful feeling states alone anymore.
Educating yourself is a good way to begin a process of healing. On the Lectures link at the top of the home page, you will find a series of lectures on various topics in the broad field of Psychology. One of the best sets of lectures for sorting out your own issues are the ones called Psychopathology. In those lectures, I address the basics of mental dysfunction and how each of the several syndromes, including depression, can be understood. From there, it is much easier to work towards solutions that are right for you.
I would also recommend the lectures on Infant Development and Child Development. Everything begins at the beginning. The context determines the solution. Do your homework and come ready to hit the ground running. You have suffered enough. Of that, I am quite sure.
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It is not easy, and it is never quick. The good news is that you do not have to struggle with any of these painful feeling states alone anymore