Depression can make its way into every part of your body, your thoughts, how you feel, your work, your motivation and your relationships. If you don’t catch it as it moves in it can take over your life.
Depression can start after a loss, break-up, life transition, trauma, or maybe you’ve just always felt this way. Regardless of where it has stemmed from, depression can feel crippling and can alter everything. Simple tasks like taking a shower become impossible.
You may feel guilt for not having the energy to do things anymore. You may be worried about your feelings of negativity and not wanting to burden others. When we get to this point, we pull away from others, isolating in our homes, rooms, and beds.
It can feel like there is no connection in life anymore, no meaning, no purpose. It feels hopeless, heavy, and excruciatingly painful. You may feel like you wish others could understand, or wish that others could help you, but have no idea how to get there.
According to the DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria the following symptoms present with depression:
Not everyone with depression has all the symptoms listed above, and having some of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have a diagnosable depression. It is important to talk with a mental health professional about your symptoms of depression to learn how to manage them best for you.
Depression is a common occurrence world-wide and is often misunderstood. Often people think of sadness when they think of depression and while sadness may be part of depression, it is much more complex than that. Depression leads to feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and helplessness.
Depression has no barriers. It affects people of all ages, race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status and religious background.
Historically, talking about depression or “the blues” was not acceptable and therefore, even further isolating. The good news is, today, more than ever, people are opening up about their depression and other struggles.
You are not alone. Our depression therapists are here to help you through this.
Whether depression has taken over your life or you are just starting to feel it creeping its way in, reaching out can be tough to do. Especially when you don’t have energy.
We understand this and we do our best to make getting help for depression easier.
We provide a safe and compassionate place for you to share your story as we listen to understand and help you out of the dark hole of depression. We know that it’s not as simple as just taking a bath, exercising or taking a few deep breaths.
We will help you get to the place where you can start to think about ways to care for yourself again.
We will support you in finding that connection in your life again; connection with yourself, connection in your relationships, connection with work, school, activities and other things you once loved.
We believe that reviving that connection, however it looks to you, can be the antidote.
One of our clinicians will email or call to schedule a brief phone consultation to walk you through the process. If you prefer to schedule without a phone conversation first, that is okay too.
Your first appointment with your new therapist will be 90-minutes, which is a little longer than the usual appointment times of 50-minutes. This extra time allows you more time to provide information to your therapist about your life and what brings you to therapy.
During this first appointment, you and your therapist will decide on meeting frequency and create goals for therapy.
Talking about suicide is too often seen as taboo and not talking about suicide can be life-threatening. Talking about suicide in therapy can be scary and often times, people have negative experiences when sharing their story about suicide in therapy.
Our priority is your safety and helping you find ways of connecting with life, sharing your story and finding hope.
Suicide is part of the human condition.
Having thoughts of suicide does not mean there is something wrong with you, it means you are struggling with some part, or parts of life.
Having thoughts of suicide doesn’t mean you are in need of hospitalization either.
We believe talking about suicide and all the things that contribute to suicide thoughts and urges can help create safety.
We will work with you to develop a safe plan that works for you. We will walk with you, therapeutically, through your crisis and be with you on the other end where there is light.
If you are worried about your own ability to keep yourself safe or worried about someone else right now, the Colorado Crisis Services provides 24-hour support over the phone and through text. There are also walk-in and mobile crisis services available in some areas of the Denver Metro area.
To learn more about crisis services or to help yourself or someone else in crisis call 1-844-493-8255 (TALK) or text “help” to 38255. You can also visit Colorado Crisis Services’ website at www.coloradocrisisservices.org.
If I Can’t Do Day-To-Day Tasks, How Am I Supposed to Keep A Weekly Appointment?
We want to help and want to talk with you about your options and what might work best for you.
What If I Need More Than Talk Therapy?
If you need more than talk therapy, we also offer EMDR and soon will offer psychedelic-assisted integration therapy. We also collaborate with other providers who offer groups and other support.
We offer a free 20-minute phone consultation so we can answer any questions you might have about therapy or other services we provide. We want to make sure you get connected with the right help for you and your depression.