How Can We Help
The path to recovery from clinical depression is rarely a straight one and there is actually a depression learning path that must be traversed, preferably with the help of family, friends, and a depression counselor/therapist.
A distinction also has to be made at this point between treating clinical depression (with medication) and learning to overcome it. A person can be taking various medications for CD, but without the correct coping strategies, for instance, many difficulties associated with the disorder can still stand in the way of meaningful recovery.
The general strategy for combating depression is combining psychotherapy with medication. We offer this combination treatment. One without the other means the patient is missing out on half or more of what could be making him/her better again.
People living with the disorder know how unpredictable depression can be – it doesn’t follow a routine, there is no schedule for when the symptoms will manifest – and for how long.
The advocacy to get help the soonest possible time aligns with the lifelong goal of mental health services like ours to reach people who need the strategies that we can teach so that clinical depression becomes something that can be managed holistically and comprehensively.
A person is naturally multifaceted and unfortunately, depression can touch the various dimensions that make a person happy, productive, and functional. When you seek depression counseling, the following dimensions of the patient will be explored if there is a need to do so:
- 1. The patient’s behavior and responses to stressors, as well as any routines or habits that may have developed in response to the disorder. Such behaviors usually have a large impact on the mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing of the patient and thus, there is a need to take a closer look and perform interventions if needed.
- 2. We will also take a look at how the patient thinks about things, and what his/her thought processes and patterns are like. Part of the challenge of psychotherapy for depressed individuals is realigning reality with thought processes that may have been skewed or misaligned as a result of the disorder.
- The objective is to open the line of communication so that the patient would be able to express himself/herself to the fullest extent so that we would actually know how the disorder has affected his/her thought processes.
- 3. Interpersonal relations are vital to recovery from depression. Having a functioning support network is, too, but this would only be possible if interpersonal therapy is carried out to remedy problems with relating to others.
- Depression can severely impact the way patients interact and relate to other people (including family) and we are here to make sure that the patients takes the baby steps and later on, leaps, toward better interpersonal relations.
- 4. Problems are a fact of life. Depression makes it more difficult for patients to adopt a proactive, solution-oriented mindset. The quality of daily life has a tendency to decline if a person is constantly dwelling or stuck on common challenges brought about by life. The solution is to help the patient create a recovery mindset that will allow him/her to function autonomously and rationally, to counter the negative impact of depression when a person is trying to make the present and future comfortable or better.
- 5. Depression can also make the satisfaction of emotional needs challenging, to say the least. Giving and receiving attention, nurturing the mind-body connection, having meaning and purpose in life – all of these are the basic necessities of happiness. Remove one or more of them, and you have a recipe for long-term problems.