Feeling sad is a normal part of life. The truth is, more people are dealing with symptoms of depression than most people think. Most people think that depression occurs because of a specific event. And while depression may start because of something specific, it is often a series of factors that worsen symptoms over time without treatment. Moreover, depression can affect any person regardless of gender, age, cultural background, or socioeconomic status.
Coping with depression often means that we struggle to find the motivation we need to make necessary changes. As much as we want to feel better, we can’t find the willpower to get ourselves there. It’s an endless carousel ride, spinning us in circles with no end in sight.
Unfortunately, we often turn to medications or other substances in an effort to find relief. Yet, these temporary fixes only mask the issues without treating the underlying condition. As such, emotional numbing is a short-lived solution for a long-term problem.
Though mental health matters have come a long way, there is still a stigma surrounding depression and anxiety. The fear of being judged or viewed differently often prevents many of us from wanting to seek help with our depression.
The truth is, however, that learning how to overcome depression is never easy when we try to do it alone. When we are stuck inside negative thought patterns and behaviors, it can feel impossible to jump over the hurdle that is depression.
You don’t have to fight in this battle alone. With the right support in counseling, you can find long-term relief from depression.