Overwhelming sadness or grief
Lack of hope
Lack of motivation
Sleeping too much or can’t sleep
Lack of appetite
Fixated on mistakes in the past
Thinking about hurting yourself
1. Once you are depressed, it is difficult to find your way out alone.
When you are depressed, your brain is foggy and it is difficult to concentrate. That makes it hard for you to know what to do to pull yourself out of your depression. That’s OK. You don’t have to do it alone. Empower Counseling is here for you with counseling for depression in Birmingham, Alabama. Empower Counseling will help you find hope and begin taking action with the behaviors that will pull you away from depression and toward a happier life.
2. Depression is bad for your overall health.
Depression does not just affect your mind. Depression has negative effects on your body as well. Each year approximately 17 million American adults will suffer from depression. Major depression is considered a serious medical condition. Depression increases your risk of heart attack. Depression can lead to overeating and weight gain or loss of appetite and weight loss. Depression weakens your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to disease and illness.
Now you know that counseling for depression in Birmingham, Alabama, with Empower Counseling is not just needed for your mental wellbeing but also for your physical health.
3. ACT is a proven effective depression treatment.
Kathryn Ely, counselor at Empower Counseling in Birmingham, is advanced trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy for Depression. Acceptance Commitment Therapy has been proven effective in the treatment of depression in study after study. Through ACT we will target the negative thoughts leading to depression, as well as, incorporate actions into your behavior. I have seen client after client come to Empower Counseling for depression counseling in Birmingham, Alabama feeling hopeless and defeated. After therapy, these same clients then feel hopeful, confident and excited about their future.
4. If left untreated, depression shrinks your life.
When you feel depressed, you lack the energy and motivation to do the things you used to enjoy in your life. This begins a downward spiral because the less you do the things you enjoy, the more depressed you become and the less you want to do anything. This shrinks your life into a very uncomfortable place to be. Once stuck in this vicious cycle, it is difficult to pull yourself out. Through depression counseling in Birmingham, Alabama, with Empower Counseling, your therapist can help you find your way out and break this cycle.
5. Depression often leads to destructive methods of coping.
When you feel depressed, you will do just about anything to feel better. The problem is that some of these ways of coping lead to further problems. Drinking and drug use may dull the pain for a moment but it comes back worse than ever when the drugs and alcohol wear off. You don’t have to look for a bandaid that just solves your problem temporarily, making it worse in the long run. Come to Empower Counseling in Birmingham, Alabama, for depression counseling that is proven effective. We are here for you.
Empower Counseling is Birmingham Area Counseling Clinic, convenient to Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia, and Hoover. We offer many other services in our counseling office in addition to depression counseling. Empower Counseling specializes in ACT for anxiety and depression. We also specialize in counseling teens, college students, young adults, and professionals. As a former attorney, Kathryn understands the pressure business owners and professionals experience on a daily basis. Reach out to Empower Counseling today and feel better.
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