(And did I mention the sadness?)
Because when you’re working through depression, every tiny bit of effort can feel monumental.
But hope is here. (That’s me. Hi!)
So, what is depression?
Depression is the equivalent of wearing invisible sunglasses. Everything seems duller, drabber, and way more bleak. It’s as if a commercial vacuum has sucked every ounce of energy and joy from all the cells in your body, lasting days, weeks, or months on end. It makes getting out of bed and showering seem like an impossibility, and before you realize what’s happening, you accidentally find yourself in a downward spiral—isolating yourself from the people you love and driving yourself deeper into the hole.
While it manifests in different ways for different people, common symptoms include:
- Increase or decrease in sleep
- Unintentional weight gain or weight loss
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Inability to focus & concentrate
- Repetitive thoughts
- Physical agitation
- Extreme fatigue
- Migraine-type headaches
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Excessive crying
Chances are, you know what this feels like because statistics say you’ve probably either been depressed, or are currently in throws of a depressive episode. Even though depression can be hard to shake once it’s sunk its claws into you, there’s always the chance for recovery. The two most important things you should know about depression?
1 | It’s not your fault.
Depression can be brought on by chemical imbalances in your brain, or by stressors like divorce, starting school, moving cities, starting a business, or even planning to have a baby. You and I both know you didn’t choose to feel this way. No one whoops and hollers for joy when they feel depression-level crummy, so please stop putting yourself on trial. I’ll say it again: This is not your fault.
2 | Depression isn’t a life sentence. (Not even close.)
Depression is an epidemic. About 20% of the global adult population will officially be diagnosed with depression at least once in their lifetime, but that 20% doesn’t account for those who suffer in silence. Nevertheless, it’s the leading cause of disability worldwide, which is heartbreaking all on its own. Depression is tough, but so are you—even if you don’t always feel like it. In other words, you can have the rainbow after that exhausting, terrible rain.
Our work together:
Even though it doesn’t always feel like it, healing and recovery are absolutely possible, especially when the “Bodymind” is integrated so seamlessly into the treatment plan. By blending gentle movement and verbal processing, I create custom safe emotional spaces for exploration. No matter what you do, say, or experience, you’re always “right” and welcome here.
Your journey towards whole healing is all about resetting those intricate patterns of your body, mind, and heart, creating new ways of relating to yourself. I’m talking about accessing the core of your depression, so we can gain control of your body and settle your mind. Free from pain. Free from the stress of trying to find another thing that might help. Just gentle, complete self-acceptance that’ll have you befriending your body while gaining awareness and freedom from the plethora of symptoms that completely suck the lifeforce out of you. You can get yourself out of depression. You deserve joy.
The healing can happen.
I’m here to help.