Where to Start When Feeling Depressed

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An important place to start when you feel symptoms of depression is to know that there is nothing wrong with you and that you are not alone. Finding this blog post indicates that you are checking in with yourself and seeking help. There are many reasons why depression makes it hard to seek help. Many of these reasons are direct symptoms of depression.

What are the Signs of Depression?

Depression is more than just feeling sad and it can be a combination of emotions and impact other parts of your life. Some of the symptoms you may experience is a lack of energy, irritability and being quick to anger, difficulties concentrating, and isolating yourself from social situations with family and friends. For a more detailed list, check out our post on 10 (A)typical Signs of Depression.

Talk to Someone You Trust

If you are reading this, you have already taken the first step. You have sought to understand depression. That’s huge. Now seek someone you trust. If you have a family or friend to talk to, that is great—but someone you trust can also be a stranger. Sometimes it is easier to reach out to others that share your challenges or a professional counselor that understands what you are going through and can provide tools to help. Below are three alternatives to family and friends.

Depression Social Groups and Meetups

In Portland, there are meetups, large and small, where you can socialize with others that have your same challenges. The largest meetup is the Portland Anxiety & Depression Group. As of the date of this blog post, they are 4,800 members strong and describe themselves as, “A meetup for folks ready (with a little encouragement and support) to challenge the sadness and worry, hopelessness, and fear that keep us isolated from one another and at the mercy of painful thoughts, feelings, and events that seem beyond our control.”

There are smaller groups that deal with specific types of depression. You can click the following link to see all the meetup groups in the depression category.

Hotlines and Online Chats for Help

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. You don’t have to be feeling actively suicidal in order to use this service — it’s for anyone in emotional distress. If a phone call is not for you, you can also chat through your keyboard with their online chat service.

Talk to a Trained Counselor

The good news is depression can be treated and you shouldn’t be expected to do it alone. Therapy is a collaborative process with the goal of healing and developing personal empowerment. Together, we will work towards your goals, identify barriers, develop grounding skills, heal wounds, and increase your cognitive flexibility. We also take a look at physiological factors like nutrition, exercise, sleep, and other health behaviors to help treat this complicated condition.

Do I Need Insurance to See A Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC., we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.


If you live in Portland or the Portland area and need help with Depression,