Want Your Life Back? 5 Ways Depression Therapy Can Make it Happen
Depression can feel like a trap.
Solitary and confining. Lonely and limited.
The boundaries of your life are shrunken. The people in your life can’t reach you.
Life is gray and you’ve likely lost the energy to tunnel beneath the pain to find your way to freedom.
But what if the key to unlocking your depression is already within reach?
What if all you need is a compassionate hand to reach out and help you turn it?
Depression therapy can help give you your life back. With a therapist and consistent treatment, you can break out of depression and break through to a better life. Therapy can help you find and turn the key to mental health and freedom. How?
Let’s look at 5 ways depression therapy can help:
- Action: Depression therapy can help you take back your power.
- Awareness and Acceptance: Depression therapy can help you face the thoughts that bind you.
- Challenge: Depression therapy can help you test the limits depression imposed upon you.
- Change: Depression therapy can help you find what works.
- Growth: Depression therapy can give you your life back… and more.
You don’t deserve the life sentence depression is handing you. By choosing therapy, you begin to reclaim authority over your own life and mind. You have the right to happiness, to relationships, to freedom. Regular, productive depression therapy sessions expand the boundaries of your mental confinement.
Working with a therapist, you can work through the listlessness, sadness, anger, and low energy. You’ll have a guide to remind you that you’re not at depression’s mercy. You can choose to recover and move beyond the idea that you’re stuck for life.
Therapy is an effective way to pin down how your thinking contributes to your depression. Your therapist may use specialized techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you examine your thoughts, negative patterns, unproductive perceptions, and persistent impressions that continue to work against you. The goal is not to beat yourself up or push those thoughts away. Instead, you’ll reclaim your life by first acknowledging them and accepting them for what they are.
Therapy gives you the opportunity to know and develop clarity regarding your own thoughts. Then, when depression whispers that you’re worthless, alone, or too sad to move, you’ll recognize and face your triggers and repetitive negativity.
Challenging the validity of your thoughts will further your ability to break out of depression. Your therapist will aid you in becoming intentional and proactive in your thinking. With work, you’ll be able to verify or dismiss recurrent thoughts, and move forward.
Essentially, once you identify the unproductive thoughts that block your happiness, you can work on addressing automatic, depressive thoughts without believing them. Healthier, more balanced thought processing will give you a truer picture of yourself, your life, and your relationships.
As you address your thought life, your daily life will likely see a transformation take place. Depression treatment empowers you to make changes so that you can create the life you imagine. The therapeutic environment is collaborative and geared toward making those lasting changes.
The insights you gain in sessions will help you discover what lifts your mood, makes you feel more capable, and connects you well to other people. Working with a therapist is an excellent way to promote your ability to take small purposeful steps toward a more positive life.
The goal of therapy is to feel better. With time, effort, and patience, relief is entirely possible. You may also discover that when you shed the practice of withdrawal, rumination, and beating yourself up, you can see greater potential for your life and relationships.
Beyond just breaking out of depression, you can use the therapy experience as motivation and inspiration to do and become the person you may have never known you could be.
Depression can feel like a trap but it doesn’t have to be. Reclaim your life from depression.
About me: I am Susan Chanderbhan, Ph.D., a therapist in Houston, Texas who specializes in helping those who are suffering from depression or coping with grief and loss. To read more about my approach to working with those who are experiencing depression or are coping with grief and loss, visit my website: http://www.chandpsych.com/depression-treatment/