Depression

Sadness is a normal part of life, but when it doesn’t end and makes you feel hopeless, you may be experiencing depression. Hopelessness, despair and the inability to enjoy life to the fullest are all signs of depression, which the World Health Organization says affects a staggering 350 million people around the world.

Most of these people do not seek treatment because they are ashamed and embarrassed or they are afraid of being seen as weak and unable to control their emotions. Also, many people don’t even know they are depressed. Regardless of your situation, San Diego Christian Counseling can help you find peace, joy, and fulfillment again through our top-notch counseling mixed with the greatness and glory of Jesus Christ.

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You Can Survive Depression

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

Jesus talked about peace quite often, and he offers it to us in times of uncertainty, hopelessness, and need. Faith in Christ can be tested, however, when we are experiencing depression and the sensation of hopelessness. Christian counseling can help you through these times so that you can begin to feel less trapped, find peace, and reconnect with loved ones on a deeper level.

Am I depressed?

Depression affects people in a variety of ways. In many instances, people may have symptoms such as unusual irritability, altered sleep patterns, and general sadness. In other instances, it can be so extreme that it becomes “crippling” for people and can even lead to thoughts about suicide.

In these cases, getting the necessary care is crucial. If you are exhibiting signs of depression, regardless how minor they seem, it is best to seek help now rather than wait until the negative feelings escalate any farther.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Inability to sleep or excessive sleeping
  • Issues with concentration and memory
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of motivation
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Unusual Irritability
  • No enjoyment in hobbies you once loved
  • Overeating or under eating
  • Digestive irregularities, headaches, and other pains
  • Suicidal thoughts

Regardless how extreme you feel your depression is, it is imperative to remember that Jesus will bring healing and strength to you. He said Himself he is the Light, and he will get you through your times of darkness and despair. If there is something holding you back from living a fruitful Christ-filled life, Christian counseling for depression is a great place to get a head start on healing.

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What are the Different Kinds of Depression?

There are many different causes of depression and it manifests itself in various ways. There are also many different types of depression that all vary greatly. As an example, postpartum depression affects 10-15% of women after giving birth. We tailor our depression counseling to your specific needs once we determine what kind of depression you are struggling with.

Major Depression affects approximately 16 million adults in the United States and can greatly limit sufferers from enjoying life.

Types of depression can include:

  • Major depression
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Bipolar depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Postpartum depression
  • Situational depression
  • Atypical depression

San Diego Christian Counseling’s depression counselors have experience with treating various types of depression and developing individualized plans that focus on the specific needs of our clients.

Depression Treatment Based on Faith

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2

Embodying the scripture quote above is our Christian counselors’ main goal. Depression is difficult and we understand that because some of our team has gone through it themselves. We hope we can make you understand it’s not a bad thing to be experiencing depression and we will try to provide you with the healing you need.

We work with you in whatever way you are most comfortable and we try our hardest to provide you with tools that will help you find Christ’s light on your own terms. All of our lives vary, many of them vastly, which includes our faith in Christ and times of darkness. Our Christian counselors encourage openness and honesty so that we can focus on our clients’ unique stories, needs, and beliefs.

Can Depression be Cured with Therapy?

Statistics regarding counseling for the treatment of depression are very promising. Studies have shown that 58% of people who go through secular counseling for depression positively respond to treatment after 16 weeks and 40% report they are in remission.

Christian counseling can make these statistics even better because it heals the whole person. Faith brings Christ’s healing into the picture and provides love and mercy in our times of need.

Additional Benefits of Christian Counseling Include:

  • Overcoming negative behaviors and thoughts
  • Recognizing the symptoms of depression (spiritual, physical, and emotional) and dealing with them to find relief
  • Trusting that your faith and our proven counseling techniques will bring you support
  • Having a safe space where you can express your hopes, dreams, fears, concerns, and emotions
  • Learning how to express emotions in a constructive way that will help you build healthier relationships

God is a miracle worker and can help us through anything. Our association is based on faith, meaning we believe healing is never impossible as long as we pray, study God’s Word, and never lose faith. Therefore, we are certain depression can be cured through therapy, and we are honored to be able to help clients through it with Jesus as our guide.

Expectations for Depression Counseling

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

San Diego Christian Counseling strives to support clients in times of darkness, and having Jesus at the center of our treatment methods can bring healing and joy. We use several counseling tools such as exercise, group therapy, nutrition counseling, and sometimes anti-depressants. We work to discover what your depression triggers are, which will allow you to recognize them and gain control of your behavior and moods.

Expectations for Christian Depressing Counseling:

  • A safe space where you can express your emotions and tell your story to better connect with God, other people, and yourself
  • Tools based on faith that you can use throughout recovery that will create positive and lasting change
  • Educated and experienced professionals who are dedicated to working with you so that you can reach your goals and succeed in your recovery
  • Treatment methods that focus on your needs and values

Treatment Methods for Depression

When it comes to treatment for depression, everyone needs a unique, specialized plan that is geared towards their symptoms and their goals for recovery. Healing is possible by combining Bible study, faith in God, and prayer with proven counseling methods that include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Also known as CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works to teach clients how to manage negative thoughts and curb harmful behaviors by making them understand how these behaviors, thoughts, and emotions can trigger their depression. The goal of CBT is to replace unhealthy perceptions with realistic and positive ones
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy: Also known as IPT, Interpersonal Psychotherapy focuses on conflict between you and your family, friends, romantic partners, and acquaintances. Addressing these issues can lead to better, more meaningful relationships.
  • Psychodynamic Therapy: Psychodynamic therapy helps you get to know yourself better, which will help you work through past issues and relationships. While this works to help you understand and accept why you are the way you are, the ultimate goal is moving forward by getting rid of blame and guilt.

Nobody should ever feel “trapped” by depression. Help is available for anyone who feels stuck and like they cannot break out of the chains of darkness. Letting go of depression to make a new life with Christ can be freeing and fulfilling. Through Christian based therapy, San Diego Christian Counseling can help you achieve what you didn’t even know was possible.

Are you ready to let go of your depression and renew your life with Christ? Call us today to set up a risk-free session.

Get Connected With a Christian Counselor
Contact Trish at reception
424-361-6198