High Functioning Depression

You haven’t been feeling quite like yourself lately.  Each day, you get up and meet your responsibilities, but it feels like it’s getting harder with each passing day.  You’re not sleeping well, your appetite has changed, and it’s harder to concentrate. You’re tired of being tired and irritable all the time.

You think you might have depression.

Your family and friends have noticed the signs of depression, but you snap at them whenever they try to talk to you about it.  Taking it out on them only makes you feel worse about yourself afterward. So you’ve been keeping to yourself and now you feel lonely, too.  It feels like you can’t do anything right.

If only you could understand where these feelings of depression came from.  

Nothing awful has happened to make you feel so sad and empty inside.  It seems like one day you woke up seeing everything through one of those filters that dull colors, like in an old movie.  In fact, nothing excites you anymore… not even the things you used to love. You wish you could hide under a rock so the world will leave you alone.

You know it’s not normal to feel this way, but you need help to feel better.  

Psychotherapy can help you overcome these signs of depression and start to feel like yourself again.  And don’t worry – you won’t have to be therapy forever. Our bilingual licensed psychologists use Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), a counseling method backed by research to effectively treat symptoms of clinical depression.  They also understand the cultural pressures that modern life in Miami presents for professionals, entrepreneurs, and millennials – just like you.

You probably have more questions about therapy for depression.

Here are the most common questions that people seeking treatment for depression ask us.

Absolutely not.  Our therapists respect your autonomy to decide if medication is the correct option for you.  Plus, psychologists in Florida do not have the ability to prescribe medication. However, in cases where there’s little improvement in symptoms after a few sessions of psychotherapy, your therapist may recommend that you consider medication as part of your treatment for depression.  Your therapist can refer you to a psychiatrist that will be able to prescribe medication and will work together with him/her to provide you with well-rounded care.

Maybe.  The data from research is inconclusive.  Some people experience depression once, and never again.  Others experience recurrent episodes of depression throughout their lives.  It depends on a bunch of different factors, like a person’s genes, physical health, family history, personal life experiences, resilience, effort in therapy, etc.  So it’s impossible to say for sure or guarantee a “cure”.

Not at all.  Our team wants you to get the right amount of support you need to feel better, no more and no less.  It’s very important to us that clients don’t become dependent on therapy or the therapist. (We secretly want you to fire us, lol.  It means we did a good job! 😉 )

If you decide to work with one of our psychologists, he or she will keep you updated on your progress in therapy and let you know when they think you’re close to finishing treatment. You’ll wrap up therapy with any final questions and with a plan for what to do in the future if you don’t feel well again.

Typically CBT for depression runs an average of 6 to 12 sessions, depending on the severity of the symptoms of depression.  Your level of participation in and outside of the therapy sessions also affects the length of treatment. The more you put into practice what you’re learning in sessions, the faster you’ll feel better.  

Lol, it’s very common for people to enjoy therapy despite being resistant to it at first.  There are a lot of reasons why you may want to continue in therapy even after depression has resolved.  Maybe you want to focus on a different issue that came up during therapy. Or maybe you really value the working relationship with your therapist and want to continue therapy for personal growth and development. Whatever the reason, speak to your therapist about how you might continue to work together.

Yes.  We are an outpatient practice that provides care to clients with mild to moderate levels of depression.  Individuals with severe depression experiencing delusions, hallucinations, and recent thoughts/attempts of harming themselves or others would need a higher level of care than we can provide.

Nope, sorry.  We can’t guarantee that therapy will produce specific results.  In fact, no one should make such claims. So if you’re looking for a mental health provider and come across such a “guarantee”, be VERY cautious.  Your mental health is precious and we’d hate for you to have a bad experience.

You might, or…you might not. The better question is: Are you willing to take the risk of waiting?

Untreated depression can wreak havoc on your performance at work, school grades, and relationships with your partner, children, family, and friends.  Are you okay risking the welfare of those things?

Think of it this way: depression is a 300-lbs piece of furniture that needs to be moved.  Sure, you can try move it yourself, but why risk hurting yourself? Especially when there are people willing and able to help you do the heavy lifting. 😉

Don’t let depression wreak havoc on your life.

Click below if you’re ready to explore how therapy for depression can help you rediscover happiness, satisfaction, and enjoyment in your life.

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