Depression is not uncommon.
If you have arrived at this page, it is either because you are probably seeking information about depression for yourself or another. Many people do not understand the signs and symptoms of depression let alone know what a depression life coach is.
Depression is a serious medical condition. You should seek the help of a health care professional if you feel you are not improving on your own. A depression life coach is not a replacement for traditional therapy. Coaching is not therapy.
However, if you are someone who is in recovery from depression (has managed depression) and you want to thrive not just survive then a depression life coach can help you. Also, people with mild depression or a “case of the blues” which differs from clinical depression can also benefit.
A depression life coach does not treat depression. However, once someone had lifted a depressive episode or come out of a clinical or other depression they may desire to take their life to the next level. Working with someone who understands depression and wants to see you succeed is where a depression life coach can help.
Everyday more women, men, teenagers and even children have fallen a victim to depression. This means that there are more and more people in recovery from depression as well. They want to build an exciting life for themselves. They want success on their own terms.
Some with depression know that their path to success does not end with traditional therapy. They also seek books, experts, programs and other sources in addition. Many want a bit of the spiritual and as part of their process that they may not have gotten with traditional therapy. A depression life coach can be a terrific addition.
Remaining in pain alone is a major problem for many with depression
According to statistics by the World Health Organization a majority of people never seek medical attention even when they have been diagnosed with depression. Again, I stress if you or a loved one feel like you may be suffering from depression please see your local health care professional. One of the key reasons for people not seeking help is because there is still a social stigma attached to depression.
For this reason, it is important that people who can observe any of the symptoms associated with depression in their friends or family seek immediate help for them. It is better to seek help than suffer. Society has made some progress in this area. But still…….think of some of the advice people with depression hear. Advice such as:
- “Just get over it”
- “Deal with it”
- “It is what it is”
- “Stop complaining”
- “Stop being so negative look at the bright side”
- “Just snap out of it”
- “Stop being so weak”
This is not helpful and actually can be harmful. It stems from ignorance of the condition of depression. Surely, if someone could “just snap out of it” they would.
But if your state of depression is in the past and you are in recovery from it a depression life coach can help you be the best you possible. What do I mean by recovery? Well basically that the depression has lifted and your life has stabilized to a degree that everyday functioning is not a problem. You are past your darkest days and ready to live the best life you can.
You may find a depression life coach or a personal life coach anywhere in the world.
If one is not available in person they can do a session over the phone or via the internet. You may find a life coach for depression from an online search. Take your time though. Read their articles. Check their testimonials. Do they seem like a good fit or you?
A life coach for depression can help set you on the right road during recovery as well as turbo charge your journey ahead. They can help you get over fears. Improve your outlook. Help you achieve goals. Resurrect dreams. Build confidence and power to create results. Align your life with a deeper purpose.
With a life coach you can share your thoughts. If you are not seeing a doctor and if it is in your best interest they will refer you to a doctor. It is important to remember that often a life coach may not have medical training and with serious cases, they would always recommend and refer you to medical personnel.
What are the limits of a depression life coach?
A depression coach should not work with someone who is suffering from clinical depression (or a serious level of depression) who is not being treated by a medical health care professional. Also, a coach does not diagnose depression or any other types of mental illness. The exception would be if someone is otherwise qualified to do so. For example, a licensed psychiatrist who also works as a life coach may be able to diagnose someone.
The coach should not have anything to do with medications. For example, a depression life coach should not tell someone they should stop taking their medication. They should also not recommend what amount or type of medication should be taken.
Coaches do not focus mainly on your past but rather focus on the present and future. A life coach does not deal with major trauma or abuse someone may have suffered. Coaching is not therapy.
Often a depression life coach has suffered from depression in the past. They have gone through their own battles and know what it feels like. They have created a thriving life for themselves and are no longer just striving day to day.
Therefore, while every individual is unique a depression life coach often has the experience of what it is like to survive depression and step out to the sun again. Most life coaches are caring, empathetic individuals. This is often the reason they have gone into the profession. This doesn’t apply to everyone, of course, but it does for most.
I know what it is like to struggle with depression and overcome it.
I struggled with depression in my past. Also, I know while it is crucial and has its place if you want to take things to the next level a tremendous amount of learning needs to take place outside of traditional therapy. You need something powerfully transformative and supportive in addition to it to reach new heights.
A large part of coaching (including depression coaching) deals with getting clear on what you truly want to achieve. Making plans to achieve those desires. And executing a plan to make those desires a reality.
The coach helps you stay motivated. People who have depression or who are in recovery from depression have a tendency towards the negative. This can make it hard to stay motivated. A depression life coach can help you keep yourself motivated. The coach can show you how to add optimism and energy to your daily life.
You work with the coach on expanding your mindset. This helps you to filter things in new ways brimming with more possibilities and options for your future. If you feel there are certain voids in your life the coach can help you with that as well. Stress, anxiety and overwhelm reduction can also be tackled. Most coaches offer a complimentary session for your first meeting with them. This is a good time to establish whether or not you are right fit for each other.
The type of life coaching I do can be an excellent addition to traditional treatment to take you to the next level. I offer support, caring, and compassion but tough love when needed. Some of the things I focus on for creating change are identifying goals, healing limiting and self-defeating concepts, relationship enhancement and breaking self-defeating and/or unhealthy patterns that hold you back from achieving your greatness.
PS You may want to take a peak at my You Tube video Find Your Happiness – How To Deal With Depression and What Causes Depression