Depression is isolating, but you are not alone—especially if you live in Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA. As recently as 2017, WalletHub did a survey and found Portland and Vancouver as the two most depressed cities in the United States. Ironically, this was stated in a report titled, “The Happiest States in America.”
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
If you are feeling depressed, it is important to reach out. In a previous blog, we offer ideas for where to start when feeling depressed. There are options like talking to someone you trust or social groups, meetups, hotline, and chats. Some feel more comfortable talking to a 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.
WHY IS IT HARD TO ASK FOR HELP?
The biggest factors that prevent people from seeking help are logistics, cost, and time. Help with depression can be affordable. Other factors like feeling you can handle it on your own and embarrassment or concern about burdening your friends and loved ones are completely normal. Asking for help with depression can be challenging, but depression is already challenging. There is plenty of help out there.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M DEPRESSED?
Everyone feels sad, empty, or lonely at times. These are normal, healthy emotions to experience. They tell us when we are experiencing pain, disappointment, or loss, etc., and encourage us to slow down. Emotions like sadness tend to be short-lived feelings that come and go. Depression is more persistent. If you feel like you are depressed but unsure, it is a good idea to get a professional opinion from a counselor or therapist.
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. According to Psychology Today, almost half (47.7 percent) of those diagnosed with depression do not seek help due to assumptions about the cost of treatment. Please don’t let this be a barrier towards seeking help.
If you live in Portland or the Portland area and need help with Depression,
E-MAIL US OR CALL US AT 503-878-8588 TO SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE TODAY.