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Self Talk to Help with Depression, Anxiety and Stress

Focusing on our ACCOMPLISHMENTS instead of our failings will get us further in life!  Healthy Self-Talk: Be Your Own Cheerleader "I just can't do ANYTHING right," my client sighed as she settled further into the couch. 'I should just accept that I...

Is Your Cell Phone Keeping YOU from Happiness?

Don’t Miss This Moment—the Key to Happiness   “Mommy, hello please? Hello please?” the little girl repeated plaintively as she tugged on her mother’s skirt as mom obliviously tapped on her cell phone. The invention of our hand held devices is a very mixed...

Untreated Depression = Dangerous

Untreated Depression Is Indeed Dangerous Depression wreaks havoc on the entire body by throwing the stress response system out of whack. The risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer are all raised as normal immune function is disturbed by anxiety,...

Simple Ways to De-Stress

It contributes to illness. It’s the major factor in back pain. In fact, it makes ANY pain worse. And it’s not always caused by bad things-it can be related to celebrations, new jobs, holidays, new babies, and many other things we would never wish away. Yes, I’m...

Reality Check: How to Test Your Anxious Thoughts

Reality Check How to Test Your Anxious Thoughts “How we see it is how it will be.” (Anonymous) We most often suffer more from what we FEAR than what actually HAPPENS, so it’s important for you to learn how to evaluate what you are thinking. Things always look less...

Signs of Depression in Adults
PLEASE NOTE: this list is NOT intended to diagnose or treat you. See a licensed mental health provider or medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Most people get “the blues” sometimes that last a day or two. However, Major Depressive Disorder is a SERIOUS and often FATAL illness that occurs in approximately 6.7 percent of US adults. Medications can be helpful, but come with side effects that many people cannot tolerate. Medications will NOT cure the mistaken belief system causing the depression.
Without talk therapy to both uncover the root cause of the depression and learn ways to manage it, depression can persist despite medication. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, can help you uncover the beliefs you carry about life without even knowing it. These beliefs often contribute to depression below your level of awareness. Once uncovered, I can help you face and refute the irrational thoughts and replace them with healthy, logical thoughts.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms on a frequent or daily basis, please contact me for a full professional evaluation:

– sadness
– pessimism
– feeling like a failure
– loss of pleasure
– guilty feelings
– punishment feelings
– self-dislike
– self-criticalness
– suicidal thoughts or a sense of, It would be – better if I weren’t here*
– crying, or unable to cry anymore
– feeling agitated
– no interest
– hard to decide things
– feeling worthless
– no energy
– sleep issues
– irritable
– appetite changes, up or down
– can’t concentrate
– fatigue
– no sexual interest

(Adapted from the Beck Depression Inventory)
Taking that step to call us for an appointment is hard, but can be the best decision you ever make. Email us for in-office or REMOTE Therapy!