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Depression is more than just feeling “sad”

Depression Therapy

You feel down more often than not.

Lately, you’re questioning the meaning of it all.

Why even bother to go on this way?

In acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), depression and anxiety are often viewed as two sides of the same coin. How so? Often, we are anxious about future stuff. Or, feeling sad and depressed about the past. ACT is useful to help each of us cope with these difficult feelings.

Depression therapy can help you name the actual emotions so you can do the work of dealing with them.

Like anxiety, depression can be crippling. At least when we’re feeling anxious, there’s the energy behind it to do things. We may not be doing things in our best interest, but when we feel anxious we are usually capable of doing something. Then, when we feel depressed there’s a different kind of energy behind it. Perhaps a sloth or “underwater” type of feeling. And, depression is a valid feeling. So, when I talk to my clients about depression, I am not afraid to use the word depressed or depression. This is important to describe feeling worse than “sad” and feeling hopeless.

ACT Therapy and Psychological Flexibility

One of the core concepts that ACT cultivates is called psychological flexibility. The depressed mind is focused on the negative view. Despair, hopelessness, and it does not seem to be any room for energy to think about anything else. Depression can be all-consuming.

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ACT Therapy for Anxiety in New Jersey

Acceptance and commitment therapy cultivates psychological flexibility in a number of ways. First, we take a look at our thoughts, and instead of judging them as good, right, or wrong, we simply observe them. This is one significant way ACT is different from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). In CBT, we may be looking at the thoughts and analyzing whether they are true or not. In ACT therapy, we don’t analyze the content of thoughts. We simply take a look at whether the thought we’re having is useful to us or not useful to us.

If we notice our thinking and determine it is useful to us, then we can make a decision. We can then decide if there is an appropriate next action we can take toward the life that we want. That might include trying to think about other things that are useful for us to think about, or to take action. Psychological flexibility in this example is the ability to think of other things. And, to do other things, while still experiencing the feelings.

Struggling to change these feelings is the actual source of the suffering. When we’re depressed, we struggle to push away the feelings. Then, we fail, and we feel depressed because we failed.
 
And by the way, medication can be helpful. It’s all well and good thinking of something else, but sometimes, it’s useful to have some help in the beginning. My view and experience are that medication works sometimes for some people. But, my job is to help my clients so that perhaps one day they will no longer need medication or therapy.

We can help you feel better with depression therapy. Help is available.

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Other Services at Mountainside Counseling Center

Here in Mountainside, NJ, we know that you are not a one-dimensional human. That’s why we treat your mental health needs in a comprehensive, individualized way. In addition to online counseling, we provide a range of mindfulness-based therapy services for individuals and couples. One of our specialties is serving individuals recovering from addiction and the family members and loved ones who are supporting them. We also have a blog, regularly updated with relevant information for your life. We look forward to meeting you, soon.