Depression is often more than just feeling sad or working through a rough patch in life and can manifest with both emotional and physical symptoms. Sadly, many don't want to admit that they are depressed. Maybe you don't feel like it is a real disease or worry a doctor is just going to prescribe an antidepressant. Depression is very real and can be quite debilitating. It comes in many forms, from mild to severe, even life-threatening, including:
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, guilt or failure.
- Becoming more withdrawn, or not participating in everyday life.
- Loss of energy, exhaustion, fatigue, no drive.
- Crying spells or weepiness.
- Change in eating habits - either too much or not enough
- Issues with normal sleep patterns
- Easily distracted, loss of concentration
- Suicidal thoughts
- Physical aches and pains that have no apparent physiological reasons
Early detection of depression coupled with a long-term treatment plan is vital. At Limitless Potentials, Dr. Kathy Shafer focus’ on behavioral therapies and often works with your other doctors to create a plan that includes medication (if necessary). Our goal is to get you better, and sometimes that takes a team.
- Talk Therapy: Talk therapy, also known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is often referred to as healing from the neck up. It is helpful for identifying and challenging held thoughts, beliefs, and habits of behavior. This direct therapy approach allows you to discover thoughts that create obstacles in daily functioning and self-care. Talk therapy can include practicing mindful exercises or trying new behaviors to replace old ones.
- Mindfulness: The ability to remain in non-judgmental (non-reactive) attention while surrounded by challenging life circumstances can be difficult. The self-regulation exercises that Dr. Kathy teaches, called mindfulness, teaches clients to take charge and engage the fight or flight response associated with stress.
- Yoga Therapy: LifeForce Yoga practices are integrated into the therapy session to teach to you self regulation skills to manage your mood, and mindfully reduce resorting to reactive responses and numbing out behaviors. Yoga is not all about “striking a pose”, downward facing dog, or mastering a head stead. Focused breath work, mental imagery, gentle movements, and just laying down can be powerful portable self care tools for any body to do anywhere.
If you think you might be experiencing symptoms of depression, early detection and a comprehensive treatment plan are vital to getting long-term results. Let's get you back to living!