How Depression Makes Us Feel
Depressive symptoms are embarrassing. They hold us back from engaging in our lives. Depression makes us tired.
It makes us sad.
Depression makes us irritable.
Sometimes it makes it harder to do well at work.
It makes dating hard.
People with ADHD are three times more likely to have depression! That is why the Center for Neurocognitive Excellence specializes in ADHD and depression.
Why People With Depressive Symptoms DON’T Get Therapy for Depression
Even having the energy to find a therapist can be hard when you’re feeling depressed.
Here are five reasons why people with depression don’t get therapy for depression:
- Stigma: There is still a stigma attached to mental health issues in Washington, DC. No one wants to be stigmatized. Avoidance is reasonable but not at the expense of your mental health.
- Previous Negative Experiences: While there are thousands of mental health providers some don’t call you back, call you back only to tell you they aren’t taking new clients, give you bad advice, don’t have proper training in depression therapies, etc.
- Perceived Ineffectiveness: People doubt how effective counseling is for depression.
- Lack of Awareness: Some people might not recognize they’re experiencing depression. They might attribute their feelings to personal weaknesses or external circumstances.
- Lack of Support: Some people lack a support system that encourages them to get help.
Getting help for depression is a complex and personal decision. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, it’s important to offer support and encourage seeking professional help. It is also important to respect their choices about therapy for depression.
Why People With Depressive Symptoms DO Get Therapy for Depression
There are also people who do get therapy for depression in Washington, DC. Here are five reasons why:
- Professional Guidance: The therapists that have training in depression therapy are using the best and most up-to-date techniques to help reduce or eliminate depression. Don’t expect to get better without the guidance of a trained professional.
- Symptom Relief: Therapy for depression will teach you ways to manage the symptoms of depression. It will also teach you that not all types of depression are the same. Some go away forever (like situational depression).
- Behavioral Changes: Changing behaviors can greatly improve your mood. One of our therapists can help you change behaviors that will improve your mood. This will relax or eliminate your depressive symptoms. It can be that easy.
- Prevention and Relapse: Even after your symptoms improve, ongoing counseling can help prevent relapses. It can also provide strategies for avoiding future symptoms.
- Medication Management: Adding counseling to your medication for depression therapy gets you to 100%. The standard of care for depression treatment is medication AND counseling. For people who only take medication, they are only doing 50% of what is recommended. Counseling gets you to 100%.
Begin Therapy for Depression in Washington, DC
We put you at the center of our work. It is what we love to do.
We’ve been treating people with depression for over a decade. Our results are very strong. We are up to date on the most recent approaches to depression therapy. Our staff supports each other to make sure each client gets the best care.
Send us a text, email, or give us a call today. We offer consultations for anyone interested in our services or who wants to know more. You can book your consultation on our website, by texting us at 202-998-ADHD (2343), or by emailing [email protected].
We offer free consultations because we want to answer your questions before we begin therapy for depression with you or someone you know. We are your resource to make it easier, even if you don’t work with us.
Other Mental Health Services We Offer
Therapy for depression is only one of the services we offer. We also provide counseling for ADHD, anxiety, and PTSD as well as EMDR Therapy. We also offer mental health assessments and ADHD diagnostic evaluations if you need a diagnosis or aren’t ready to start counseling. Neurofeedback is also a great option if you don’t want to try medications.