Feeling The Blues?
Experiencing painful feelings and emotions, such as sadness, disappointment, and pessimism, is a normal part of dealing with life. There is a problem, however, when these feelings become overwhelming and turn into “down” periods that never seem to go away and interfere with your quality of living.
Are you or a loved one dealing with recurring feelings of sadness, despair, hopelessness, and emptiness? If so, you are exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Counselling in Toronto with Cristina can help overcome these challenges and get you back on the path to hope.
Symptoms of Depression
Symptoms of depression vary depending on each person but typically include:
- Persistent feelings of unhappiness and sadness
- Frustration or irritability
- Sleep imbalances (either too much sleep or not enough)
- Chronic fatigue, tiredness, and lethargy
- Decreased concentration and focus
- Unexplainable crying spells
- Physical symptoms (such as aches and pains) with no apparent cause
- Reduced sex drive
- Lack of interest in activities you normally enjoy
Depression symptoms might also include feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of death, dying, or suicide. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek professional care immediately.
Depression as a condition can be very debilitating and severely impact everyday life. Fortunately, there are treatments available for you and your loved ones. As a provider of counselling in Toronto, Cristina is dedicated to helping those who suffer from depression cope with the difficult challenges this disorder presents.
Cristina uses three main psychotherapeutic treatments for depression that are designed to address your specific symptoms and provide you with the tools you need in order to create positive changes.
These psychotherapeutic treatments include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a treatment based on the notion that your moods are directly linked to your thoughts and thought patterns. By managing negative thought processes, you can help positively impact your mood and emotions – thus dealing with the symptoms of depression that dominate your life.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) helps manage depression by incorporating the notion of “mindfulness”, or, focusing your full attention on the present moment. Cristina can help you develop the ability to focus on what you are experiencing at any given moment, allowing you to analyze your thoughts calmly and realistically.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
Another approach, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), uses an ordinary body mechanic – rapid eye movement – to help deal with negative emotions, traumatic memories, and other thoughts and feelings that may be interfering with a normal, healthy mood. Cristina uses your body’s rapid eye movement to help desensitize your emotions as they relate to a specific memory or thought, allowing you to more effectively process your emotions and thoughts.
Depression is a serious disorder that can have a crippling effect on your life or the life of a loved one. Recognizing the symptoms of depression is the first step; seeking psychotherapeutic treatment through professional counselling in Toronto is the next.
Take the next step; talk with Cristina today about how counselling in Toronto can help you or a loved one can overcome depression.