I would say that depression has a way of charging into your life, uninvited. It presents itself in all sorts of ways – sadness, loss of interest, fatigue in your mind and body. It also may include sleeping more than what’s normal for you, as well as social isolation. Depression can be short-lived, long-term and can tend to seep in when you least expect it. Also, depression can be situational anywhere from a loved one dying, a divorce, a loss of a friendship, work, and countless other losses.
Depression can also be considered a defense mechanism. That defense mechanism is internalized at an early age. We may use depression to protect ourselves from feelings that, when growing up, were considered unacceptable to express. You, then in turn, move into depression when, in fact, you may be feeling core emotions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, joy, excitement, and sexual excitement. Those emotions are difficult for you to access and express.
I believe the opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality. With vitality comes energy and liveliness. With depression therapy that sense of vitality will help you participate in setting goals, explore self-care plans, etc. In other words, having the energy to take action to manage your negative emotions and alleviate symptoms of depression.
Together, we can customize a plan for you to identify what you need, gain insight, and take action to overcome your depressive state. Part of the plan may include other modalities as well – medication, reiki, a self-compassion practice, meditating and nutrition education. These are a few ways for you to understand, heal and grow.
I want to help you optimize your mental health. Reach out to me at Michaele Knous Counseling and Therapy in Naperville
“You say you’re ‘depressed’ — all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective — it just means you’re human.”― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas