Are you struggling with depression?

Does life seem meaningless?

Do you wonder why you bother getting out of bed in the morning?

Has your sadness become something darker? Is your depressed mood affecting your work, school or family life?

Has it been a long time since you were happy?

Are you feeling terrible about yourself, struggling with self-confidence?

Sadness is normal. Life can be hard, and we all feel down sometimes. But if everything in your life feels pointless, and the sadness isn’t passing, you may be experiencing a depression.

People in the throes of a depression feel like they just don’t care. Life seems meaningless. Nothing provides pleasure anymore. Depressed people often feel hopeless and very negative. They may eat more, or less, than they normally do and sleep more, or less, than normal. Sometimes they have thoughts of ending their life.  They may feel like something has to change, yet at the same time the depression is sapping their ability to climb out of the hole. Of course, they also may not know how to climb out.

Do any of the above symptoms sound familiar? Your negative feelings may be just a response to negative circumstances in your life, but there’s often a vicious circle here: something bad happens to you, you feel down, then your negative feelings seem to lead to more negative experiences for you. It can be difficult to break this cycle on your own. Depression treatment can help.

Depression can be caused by many things. Some of us have a predisposition in our family. Traumatic events can also lead to depression — things such as the end of a relationship, the loss of a job, a death, or an assault. Often we feel guilty about our role in some event, how we acted or didn’t act. My experience is that a depression is coming from somewhere, and once you find this source, depression treatment allows you to start working through the issues and eventually to feel better. Depression is like stuck, stagnant water; therapy can help the water flow again.

If you’re wondering what happened to your life — and the you who was living it — then, speaking with a depression therapist can help.

You may be ready to try depression treatment, but still have questions or concerns…

I don’t like myself, and I don’t like my life. This is just how things are. How is depression treatment going to change that?

When you’re depressed, the world looks bleak, you feel terrible about yourself, and it all feels very real. But, in fact, depression is a cloud: when you’re in it, the bad feelings seem endless and intense, but once it passes, everything looks different. Depression treatment allows the cloud to pass.

Things are tough for me right now. Of course I’m sad. When things get better, I’ll feel better.

A depressed mood often does pass on its own, especially if your life circumstances change for the better. But sometimes it’s the chicken and the egg: circumstances won’t change until you’re able to change your state of mind. Then, as circumstances get better, your state of mind improves further. It’s a positive loop. Depression treatment can get this positive loop going.

Depression Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

I invite you to call or email me to set up an appointment with Eric Levin in Philadelphia, PA today. You can schedule an appointment with a Philadelphia therapist by calling (215) 792-6692.