“I am drowning but no one can reach me.”

Depression is the fog that you think you can’t get out of. It is the illness that feels as though it has no end. When it does finally lift, it threatens to return, constantly whispering in your ear, “I am right here.”

Depression fools you into thinking it is a part of you, a part you can not cut out. To cut it out would be like cutting off your own hand. This is false. You are not your depression. You can learn to live without it, outside of it.

If these symptoms or conditions apply to you, you may be suffering from clinical depression:

Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness

Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters

Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports

Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much

Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort

Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain

Anxiety, agitation or restlessness

Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements

Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame

Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things

Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide

Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

These problems may cause additional hardship in your relationships, job, education, and day-to-day activity


How Depression is Treated

From the list of symptoms caused by depression, you can see that the condition causes problems in all areas of a person’s life. It is infects thoughts, behaviors, physical sensations, relationships, motivation, and overall ability to function like “normal” people day-to-day.

That means to treat depression, one must make adjustments in all those parts of life. At St. Louis DBT, we use highly researched and effective treatments to address:

  • Thoughts - we use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques to help you create a different relationship with your unhelpful thoughts and beliefs

  • Behaviors - We find ways to get you moving and engaging in positive activities again through Behavioral Activation (BA)

  • Physical Sensations - We can teach you ways of changing your emotions by changing your body reactions. This may include self-soothing skills, breathe techniques, aromatherapy, and/or Somatic Experiencing (SE).

  • Relationships - We can work with the whole family to create an environment that is validating and supportive. We also help people learn the basics of relating to others and getting needs met

  • Motivation - Changes don’t just happen without willingness to change. That willingness comes from drive and motivation. Many people hold a false belief that they are “just not a motivated person”. We know better. We utilize Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) to get and keep folks ready for change


Are you ready to live free of your depression?

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