Depression Treatment

Do You Feel Helpless To Move Forward In Your Life?
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Do You Feel Helpless To Move Forward In Your Life?

Are negative thoughts or distressing emotions affecting your life’s momentum and bringing you down? Do you worry people would judge you for struggling with depression? You might resent the impact depression has had on your life. Maybe you feel agitated, frustrated or angry about external factors that you cannot seem to change, such as difficulty at work or communication issues in your relationship. Or, you may recognize that you are emotionally or spiritually drained or unfulfilled, but don’t know what you can do to feel hopeful and refreshed.

Perhaps a combination of factors, from relationship challenges to professional stress or pressure at school, has left you feeling too overwhelmed to make confident decisions. When you have trouble focusing, it can slow your ability to organize, understand and respond to information and stimulus appropriately. You may withdraw from activities and relationships you used to enjoy to avoid feeling angry or embarrassed, but over time, feel even more isolated and unhappy. It might seem like no matter what you try, you can’t escape the uncomfortable and painful emotions and symptoms weighing you down. Do you wish you could learn to recognize how depression is impacting your mind, body and spirit so you could find clarity, relief and a sense of fulfillment?

Depression Affects Everyone Differently

Depression can be a confusing and often isolating experience. It can affect anybody at any time and can be the result of several different factors, such as genetics, career stress, relationship challenges and internalized feelings of resentment. Many people receive negative messages early in life – at school, home or in relationships – that leave them feeling unwanted, unintelligent, weak or broken. They may feel too embarrassed or ashamed to express difficult thoughts and emotions, believing they will be judged for their perceived inability to manage depression on their own. Others try to hide or manage feelings of anger and resentment by focusing them inward, but this internalized distress can lead to substance abuse, domestic violence and thoughts of self-harm.

You may feel like you are the only one who is suffering, but according to the World Health Organization, depression affects an estimated 350 million people around the world every year. Depression often presents with one or more co-occurring issues, including anxiety, auditory processing disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia or ADD, which may contribute to its symptoms and severity. Alternately, you might only feel depressed intermittently but worry that things will get worse or that a sudden increase in anxiety could be more than you can handle. Anxiety always accompanies depression, and constant feelings of fear or doom can leave you increasingly isolated and hopeless.

To make things more complicated, some individuals do not know when they are dealing with depression. Children and the elderly may not seem depressed as they smile and play with friends, but they may reveal it in their behaviors. Kids may struggle in school or present oppositional behavior. In the elderly, depression can appear as isolation, disappointment, intolerance, sleep problems or anhedonia, which is a sense of numbness to pleasure.

Regardless of your physical, mental or spiritual situation, depression is a normal response to life’s challenges. With depression treatment with Dr. Marselle, you can understand why you feel unhappy and take practical, healthy steps to try and improve your mood.

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Foster Confidence And Joy With Depression Treatment

When you are depressed, a disconnect exists between what you are thinking and how you are feeling. The goal of depression treatment is to get your thoughts and feelings back in sync so you can feel more confident and in control of your decisions. When you recognize why you are struggling and how depression is impacting your mind, body and spirit, you can learn to reframe limiting beliefs that you are helpless or incapable of succeeding and prospering.

Because of a nerve that runs from the brain to the heart and abdomen, emotional thoughts can trigger a physical reaction, often in your heart, chest or stomach. As you learn to recognize these physical feelings, you can become more aware of your thoughts and emotions. By using a cognitive emotional approach to therapy, I can help you think about and reframe your experience to reduce negative emotions, such as guilt, shame and embarrassment. Regardless of age or how long you have struggled, therapy can help you develop the tools needed to analyze self-beliefs and recognize irrational fears and doubts. With depression treatment, you can manage difficult thoughts as they arise and start to feel better and more confident.

Many individuals begin to feel relief and notice improvements after the first few telepsychology sessions. I will adapt my approach to your particular needs and therapy goals. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and how quickly you want to see results, you may wish to incorporate exercise and/or medication into your treatment. Medication can help rebalance chemicals in the brain and stabilize the mind-body connection so you can start feeling better and capable of functioning with greater ease. Exercise has been shown to be almost as effective as medication in reducing symptom severity and regulating body chemistry, and I can help you develop an exercise plan that fits your needs. By incorporating exercise and/or medication into your depression treatment, you can find relief and foster greater well-being while developing practical skills to stave off a return of depression.

I have been helping individuals recover from depression for years, and I recognize how much courage it takes to ask for help. I offer non-judgmental and compassionate support in the comfort and privacy of your own home, so you can feel secure exploring difficult or self-defeating thoughts and emotions. It won’t always be possible to change your situation, but you can learn to change your attitude and adapt appropriately. You can learn to see yourself and the world from a healthier perspective, reframing negative experiences and fostering confidence, self-esteem and joy.

But, you may still have questions or concerns about depression treatment…

I don’t feel like there’s hope to get better

When you feel hopeless, seeking treatment can feel like you are taking a risk and reaching out into the unknown. It can be embarrassing and intimidating to share your experience, but in therapy, you will always be received with understanding and without judgment. Depression treatment is about more than getting rid of unwanted thoughts and symptoms. I can help you recognize your natural abilities and take steps toward recovery and healing.

I’m not sure I can afford depression treatment

I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California as well as a certified TeleMental Health provider, and I can offer telepsychology at a much lower rate than traditional in-office therapy. You receive extensive and tailored resources, guidance and support at less than half of what I would normally charge for in-person sessions.

How long will this take? I’m not sure it’s worth the effort.

It can be hard to commit to your well-being when you feel helpless or overwhelmed by distressing thoughts and emotions. You may have tried finding solutions in the past, but nothing has offered relief, and you may wonder how depression treatment will be different. I bring extensive, specialized training and experience to each session, using sophisticated treatment methods to help you take meaningful steps toward lasting recovery.

If you are ready to have joy in your life, or if you still have questions about online therapy, I invite you to schedule a FREE 15-minute complimentary phone consultation.

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