Depression Therapy in San Jose CA
Depression can often times feel isolating, lonely, and hopeless. For some, depression also tends to impact other areas of their lives, such as work, school, or relationships.
At Uplift Psychology Group, we understand depression may not look the same for everyone and we approach therapy in a way that fits your needs. Our goal is to instill hope for the present and future, build on your coping skills, and work towards finding long-lasting change. We aim to provide a supportive environment to help free you from past experiences.
What causes depression?
The answer to this is just as complex as the disorder itself. There are many factors that can cause depression, such as biological factors, our environment, and life transitions. For example, depression is a highly genetic disorder and often runs in the family, so a family history of depression might increase the chances of developing it yourself. Sometimes significant life changes, like a divorce, birth of a child, or developing a chronic health condition, can also trigger a depressive episode and result in emotional difficulties.
Depression vs. sadness?
Sadness and feeling “blue” occasionally is a normal part of life. Certain life changes like the death of a loved or losing a job can lead to feeling upset and sad. However, sadness can be easier to find relief from and usually passes with time. When it does not pass or when it starts to impact other areas of your life, that’s usually a sign of depression. Although feeling sad for a long period of time is one of the symptoms, depression consists of more than that, such as difficulty getting out of bed, hopelessness, a lack of motivation, and a loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy before.
Can children be depressed?
Yes, children are vulnerable to the same factors that cause depression in adults. However, some of the signs of depression in children look different. For example, many children might show irritability or “acting out,” social isolation, and changes in their academic performance. Similar to adults, signs and symptoms vary in children too!
How can therapy help?
Regardless of the type of therapy you seek, therapy can help identify what behavior, emotion, or situation is contributing to the depression. It can also help find ways to deal with similar emotions in the future. Oftentimes, depression can lead to negative thinking and it’s easy to get consumed by these negative and pessimistic thoughts. In therapy, you can explore these thoughts in depth and understand what’s leading to you feeling hopeless about the future and helpless about changing the circumstance. Once you can understand these thoughts more clearly, a therapist can help you adopt a more positive (and a realistic) perspective on life and situations and provide stress management techniques. As mentioned before, depression tends to impact other areas of your life (i.e., work and relationships) as well. So therapy isn’t just great for helping you manage your depression, it can be great for improving other parts of your life too!
Do I need to take medications to feel better?
Many clients fear taking medications due to the side effects or becoming dependent on it, and we understand how scary that might be. Here at Uplift Psychology Group, we believe trying to address feelings of depression through talk therapy first. If it seems like you could really benefit from medication, and you’re interested in going that direction, we will work closely with you and your medical professional to support you through the process of beginning that course of treatment. Medications can be very effective, primarily when used in combination with psychotherapy, and for those with moderate to severe depression. The key is to ensure that you find the right type and dose of the antidepressant, so you’ll need a prescribing professional to monitor your side effects and symptoms. Once our therapists have a chance to understand your depression and symptoms, we can help make recommendations about the best course of treatment options for you. You’re not in this alone!