Depression—Mild and Major
Depression, both mild and more severe, is the “common cold” equivalent in the world of mental health. Most women and a high percentage of men will experience depression at one or more points in their lives. When depression is severe, it can become resistant to treatment.
As strange as it sounds, people often don’t realize that they have depression even though they may have had it for quite a while. This is because in less severe versions depression can be hard to detect. Contrary to popular belief, depression doesn’t always involve a lot of crying, sadness, or lethargy. While we almost always know when we are feeling anxious, most people don’t realize that depression is almost always a significant part of anxiety.
Some of the features of depression, in addition to feeling sad or empty, are:
Decreased interest in activities that you used to enjoy.
Sleep Problems – sleeping either too little or too much
Fatigue or loss of energy
Feeling agitated, wound up, or moving slowly
Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
Difficulty concentrating and/or making decisions
Substantial appetite change resulting in weight gain or loss even without dieting
Suicidal thoughts or planning
I successfully treat depression by using a systems orientation that evaluates and treats you as a “whole person” not just your mind and thoughts. I work with you on the causes (both past and present) and your contribution (strengths and weaknesses). Together we develop an action plan that is doable for you.
Education is very important too. You will heal faster when you become an “expert” in “your depression. Doing homework between sessions is essential for you to make progress and achieve lasting results.
Treatment Resistant Depression and/or Anxiety
Have you tried and tried to feel better without lasting results? Have you been told that medication should make you feel better, but it fails to do so or the benefits don’t last? Do you feel like you are the only one who isn’t making progress when everyone else seems to be moving ahead with their lives? As hard as it is to have mental health challenges in the first place, it is exponentially more difficult to have a condition that does not respond to treatment. We are used to things happening pretty quickly, and sometimes depression and/or anxiety just doesn’t let up.
I specialize in effectively treating “treatment-resistant depression.” If you have been unsuccessful in the past with eradicating or managing depression, I can help. A magical cure does not exist, but there are many good tools which can help you if your are willing to be patient and persistent.
I have a keen eye for unrecognized trauma and traumatas (small traumas) which can play a significant role in treatment-resistant mental health disorders. Together we can strategically target early (childhood) events and contributing factors. We do this not to assign blame to your parents or yourself, but to free you from the hidden blocks that are holding
“I had given up hope of ever feeling “good” again. I doubted that I’d ever be able to work full time or get a good night’s sleep. Everything I’d done to get rid of my depression just wasn’t working. Things changed when I started working with Kathleen. She gave me hope, tools, reassurance, patience and stayed by my side as we worked together to tame the beast that was my depression. It’s now years later and I am able to enjoy my life for which I am forever grateful.” Linda age 54
I have helped many people have hope and work through depression/anxiety that has dogged them for way too long—and in some cases their entire lives. Together we will work biologically, psychologically and spiritually to heal the pain one layer at a time.
Call me at 858.793.4580 or email me today, and let’s get started!
“When I came to see Kathleen I was so hopeless that I would ever get on the other side of the depression and anxiety that runs in my family. Kathleen was invaluable in helping me to become more successful in managing these challenges and live a happier fuller life!” Susan, age 36