Depression can be an extremely frustrating condition to live with - whether you have it yourself or are trying to help someone you care about with depression. This is because the very symptoms that cause the most problems are also making it extremely difficult for that person to effectively treat their depression.
Depression may simply show up as consistent pessimism, lack of energy, a sense of monotony in daily life and/or losing interest in previously-enjoyable activities. At its worst, depression can drive a person to the point that they have no hope of ever feeling better. They may have trouble getting out of bed for anything, including personal hygiene. The person with depression may resist other people's offers to help them get counseling, often because the depression is "telling" them there's no hope, or because they feel like leaving the house would require too much energy.
If you are coping with depression, I would like to help you learn to recognize patterns in your thoughts and routines that may be indulging the depressive thoughts and feelings you're having. We then focus on making changes in your life that are manageable and that will help you begin a new pattern of challenging the depressing thoughts/feelings as they arise.
Living with depression can feel extremely frustrating. Whether you seek help with me or someone else, I urge you to start the process today. Your depression may have convinced you that your situation can't improve, but if you break progress down into small enough steps, you can eventually reach your goal to overcome depression.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The goal of CBT is to help you rethink your own perspectives and thinking patterns, by separating the actions of others from your own interpretations.