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How to deal with seasonal depression

Let's face it no one wants to become depressed. Depression can leave us feeling lonely, unwanted, gloomy, sad, annoyed, and sometimes lead to suicidal thoughts if untreated. Depression can be a heavy burden to carry and can cause people to feel like they are isolated and alone. It can also lead to a lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, and feelings of hopelessness.

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It is common for seasonal depression to come in waves.

There are some days that feel more challenging than others. In the event that depression really hits us, we can feel as though our life is not going anywhere and no one wants us, but those thoughts aren't true. According to the American Psychological Association, depression is the feeling of extreme sadness or despair lasting for more than a few days. The disorder interferes with our day-to-day lives and can cause physical symptoms such as pain, weight loss or gain, sleep disruptions, or lack of energy. It can leave us feeling worthless, but it is treatable. The fact that you are depressed does not mean that your life is over.

Those of you who have seen the 1999 film Girl Interrupted will remember that it shows a young troubled teen trying to figure out what she wants to do after high school. In the film, she deals with depression and what the film refers to as borderline personality disorder, which is a mental illness. She was suffering from a severe case of depression that resulted in her overdosing on pills, ending up in the psych ward where she meets and befriends other struggling female patients. One patient struggling with depression was released only to commit suicide. Another clear indication that depression and loneliness can consume us. This film took place in the 1960's and it was a different time than when we dealt with and addressed depression.

In the present, we are more able to speak openly about depression, anxiety and other mental health issues that are affecting millions of people. There are a number of organizations dedicated to helping people who are struggling with seasonal depression. Some of these organizations are:

  1. UCSF Depression Center - UCSF Depression Center's ultimate mission is to provide the best possible care and treatment for people with depression and their families in order to reduce the prevalence of depression and its adverse effects

  2. Sanctuary Centers Santa Barbara - Helping people with depression and other mental disorders to manage their depression and get the treatment they need through both inpatient and outpatient care.

  3. YMCA Counseling Services - Offering strength-based, trauma-informed approaches to help youth and adults struggling with depression, trauma, and anxiety.

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Can I deal with seasonal depression?

The answer is yes you can with the right mindset and support. If you are suffering from depression, then you have to change the way that you think about things. It's so easy to stay in that funk for days, weeks, or months. Even though it feels as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel, there is actually one at the end. So one way to access support is to talk to a therapist. Licensed therapists in California assist people manage their depression and turn their lives around. Working with Healing Therapy Services in the San Jose, CA area is an excellent way to get the help you need. They offer a variety of services, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and stress management. These services can help you gain a better understanding of your thoughts and feelings, and help you learn how to cope with them.

Healing Therapy Services is a private therapy practice serving individuals and couples in Silicon Valley, owned by Kari Del Real a licensed marriage and family therapist passionate about helping people overcome barriers and improve their mental health. Healing Therapy Services designed a treatment plan for each individual to address the cause of the depression and learn alternative ways of dealing with it. Healing Therapy Services is trained, equipped, and skilled attreating depression. We provide evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to tackle depression. Providing individual counseling for adults and teens struggling with anxiety and depression, Healing Therapy Services assists you during your difficult times and helps you reach your end goal. You will work with a licensed marriage and family therapist who gets you and understands how depression can feel and a licensed marriage and family therapist trained in working with depression and trauma will help you through it. As in the film Girl Interrupted, the lost teen eventually recovered with support. We don't know what life has in store for you. However, what we do know is that depression is a small piece of the equation and there is far more out there for you.

You are equipped to deal with depression and you don't have to deal with it alone.

Call a licensed therapist and start talking through your stressors, childhood trauma, anxiety, sadness, breakups, career stress, loneliness, etc. Once you begin working with a licensed therapist you will see positive changes in your mental health. Healing Therapy Services is rootingfor you. These hard times shall pass, and brighter days are coming. Take a deep breath in and recognize that you are resilient and what contributed to your depression has no power over you. With the right support and the right mindset, you can overcome any challenge that comes your way.

You don't have to suffer from seasonal depression.

Remind yourself everyday that you have purpose, you are going somewhere, you can accomplish anything, you are loved, and you will continue to thrive. Healing takes time but it is coming. Depression does not have to consume your life and ifyou dedicate yourself to changing your thinking and commit to seeing a licensed therapist for depression treatment you will begin to reap the rewards. You are not in this alone and not meant to suffer alone. We hear you, we see you, we get you, and we will help you.

National Suicide Hotline:

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.

Dial 988


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