Many people experience feelings of worthlessness or too much guilt, problems thinking or concentrating, loss of pleasure in activities, lack of energy, and even thoughts of suicide.
Most people have occasional negative thoughts about themselves, the world, and the future. Being depressed turns up the volume on all those negative thoughts. Being depressed can also lead to a lack of energy making even simple tasks seem overwhelming. This can then feed the depression in a vicious cycle as people criticize themselves for being “lazy.”
My treatment focuses on the interaction between thoughts and behaviors. My clients learn specific techniques to change thought patterns (not just thinking happy thoughts). We work to increase activity levels, which can increase energy. We look at external stressors and each client’s history. Finally, we work to prevent relapse. Within a relatively short time, clients often become excited about their lives.
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