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Is Depression Depriving You of Joy?

“What I had begun to discover is that, mysteriously…the grey drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain,” so wrote author William Styron in his 1990 memoir, “Darkness Visible,” of his own experiences with depression. It’s a sentiment that might resonate with many men and women who have suffer from depression, and the negative impact it has on their lives.

If you feel that depression is depriving you of living your best life, we invite you to look toward the Marin Center for Compassion for help. Dr. Celedra Gildea and her team will lead you on a journey to well-being, helping you to deal with your emotional struggles and move into the realm of greater peace, mindfulness and self-compassion.

Is this you? Common warning signs of depression include:

  • Feeling persistently sad

  • Loss of interest in activities

  • Feelings of worthlessness

  • Disturbances in sleep and appetite

  • Tiredness and lack of energy

  • Unable to focus/concentrate

  • Unable to perform daily activities

  • In severe cases, having thoughts of suicide or “not wanting to live anymore”

It should be noted that there is a difference between “feeling blue,” which usually has a cause and lasts for a few hours to a few days; and real depression, where there is a persistent feeling of sadness without being able to identify the cause, and an overall loss of interest and enjoyment in many aspects of life.

At the Marin Center for Compassion, Dr. Gildea uses various techniques, including compassionate and sensorimotor psychotherapy, to help restore you to the life that was meant to be yours. For more information and to book an online therapy appointment, call today.

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