How to Know When It's Time to Start Therapy for Depression

Updated: Jul 1


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Yesterday.


Seriously.


Okay, okay, that strong statement out of the gate, let’s talk about it:


Maybe you’ve been thinking about starting Therapy for Depression in St. Louis, MO.


You’ve been feeling anywhere from a little crummy to downright awful for awhile now. Your usual tricks to “snap out of it” haven’t worked.


But actually getting started with some counseling is proving to be…..well, it’s just not happening.


Maybe you’ve tried counseling in your younger days. Maybe you tried it even in adulthood and just didn’t click with your therapist. There are so many maybes.

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Or maybe you just aren’t sure if the way you’re feeling “qualifies” as “enough” to start therapy. You’re not sure the therapist will take you seriously, or maybe you’re worried they’ll think you’re crazy (we hear that a lot, especially in the first session or two…..spoiler alert: likely: no).



Maybe you think the symptoms need to be around for a longer amount of time before you start counseling. Maybe you think you need to feel a certain level of “bad” before it’s “worth it” to give a St. Louis therapist a call.


It's not unusual for people to ponder all of this as they figure out if it is time to start counseling for depression (or anxiety; or grief; or postpartum issues; or anything else!).


My theory, as a therapist, is this: If you are thinking about starting therapy, it’s time to start.


That’s no matter what is going on in your life: if you’re curious about it, or know you want it but aren’t sure what you want to use it for, or FOR SURE know your symptoms warrant getting started: get started.


But for those of you who want to hear a little bit more about what depression feels like and if that is prompting it to be time to get started in therapy, here is a bit about depression symptoms (and if you’re experiencing more than 2 or 3 of these, and have been for more than a few weeks….it’s probably time to get in the door).


Here are symptoms of Depression to look for from a St. Louis, Mo Therapist:


  • You’ve experienced a change in sleep or appetite: (more or less of either---including weight gain or loss) that has lasted more than 2 weeks


  • You don’t like doing the things you usually do in your free/leisure time


  • You feel unfulfilled but aren’t sure how to change it


  • - You feel like you’re running out of internal resources to manage life the way it is


  • You sometimes think “if one more bad thing happens, I’m going to fall apart”


  • You’re hearing “is everything okay?” or “what’s wrong?” a little too often and/or from someone who maybe doesn’t see you much


  • Your internal or external commentary is mostly negative


  • -A lot of things annoy you….all the time.


  • -You’re feeling more sensitive than usual. Or emotional. Or tearful.


  • -Your partner or good friend or close family member is actually having a tough time being around you right now.

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And here’s the thing, dear reader: you deserve to feel better. And you deserve that to happen sooner rather than later. Before things get worse: either the symptoms or how they are interfering in your life. You deserve to sleep; and breathe without an elephant on your chest; and think happy thoughts; and feel good about yourself; and believe you’re capable of handling hard things.


And, you don’t have to do it alone. How does that sound? You can share the burden of what you’re feeling; the weight of your negative thoughts; the fear that it won’t get better…….


You don’t have to carry all the brain power for figuring out next steps; or continue to dig around for creative new interventions; or be the only one holding yourself accountable……


We have therapists at the ready to help you with all of that.


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Feeling like you’d be a little more at ease knowing what that first session might look like before you start? We have that right here.


Start Therapy for Depression in St. Louis, MO


If you live in St. Louis and are ready to kick your depression to the curb, we are here to help.


Marble Wellness therapists can provide in-person or virtual sessions to help you. We also offer park therapy! You can reach out to us on our website, request an appointment online, or give us a call today to get started. Please reach out to us and we will help get you started as quickly as possible.


Talk to you soon!

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Additional Counseling Services at Marble Wellness

Counseling services designed to help set you on a path of living a more fulfilled, calm, and happy life. We specialize in anxiety, depression, grief, chronic illness, therapy for men, couples, and maternal overwhelm. We can also help new moms with various postpartum concerns, moms in the thick of parenting, and moms with teens. We can also chat from wherever you are in the state with online therapy in Missouri and online therapy in Illinois. No matter where you are in your journey, we would love to support you.