So many of our clients come in with depression, that it is among the top three problems that we see. Relationship issues and anxiety are the other two. Depression comes and goes for most people, and often is connected to life situations. If you are feeling depressed because you can’t pay your bills, and you receive a large check, your depression may change to happiness. People often feel depressed over break-ups or difficult relationships, financial problems, and other life stresses. People tend to get depressed when they have demands that “things should be a certain way.” Depression results when their demands aren’t met. Interestingly, depression disappears when the life-stress is resolved and their demands about how “things should be” are satisfied.
There are doctors and others who may tell you that you need medication because you have a chemical imbalance but winning the lottery won’t cure a true disease such as a heart attack, stroke, or even a cold. Since winning the lottery may cure depression (if the depression comes from financial stress) then I wonder how it can be a true chemical imbalance. The same goes for a break-up. Being in love leads to a feeling of high, while breaking up can lead to depression. This clearly shows that your thoughts affect your emotional well-being.
There are some people who have depression severe enough that medication is needed, but most people can recover from depression with counseling alone. Even those who truly need medication, still benefit from counseling. There is no reason for you to suffer from depression. Life is too short, and you deserve to enjoy your life without being miserable. Counselors are experienced in helping people recover from depression and start enjoying their lives. If you have questions or just need to talk to someone, you can call Linda at (813) 620-4900. She is available nights and weekends, so don’t hesitate to seek help. We are here because we care.