Going through tragedies such as a sudden death, sexual assault, surviving a war or terrorist attack, a shooting, a disaster, and others can bring about depression. It can make you see how tragic the world can really be as well as give you nightmares, flashbacks, or even post-traumatic stress disorder.
What Are the Symptoms of Trauma-Induced Depression?
Trauma-induced depression symptoms can mean that you are experiencing extreme sadness where you are frequently crying. It can also mean that you are feeling numb to every situation you are a part of where you are not happy, sad, angry. You just do not show your feelings. It can also mean that you are not eating or can hardly get some sleep because of the nightmares you are having. This type of depression can also mean that you are withdrawing from those in your social circle like your friends and family in feeling like they will not understand what you are going through and do not want them to know either.
What Kind of Therapy Will Help with My Trauma-Induced Depression?
It is important that you speak to a doctor about your depression symptoms as well as what led to them. Since depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, your doctor can prescribe you medications that can help ease your symptoms. It also helps to speak to a mental health professional to be able to speak to him or her about what happened to you and led to your depression. Keeping your feelings inside of you will make your depression worse. A huge weight will be lifted off your shoulders if you talk to a trained professional. It may also help to join a peer support group so that you are aware that others have gone through tragic situations similar to yours and are trying to relieve their symptoms of depression as well.
How Can I Find Ways To Enjoy Myself?
You can start by spending some time with your friends and family. They are in your life to make you feel happy and can help you find something to look forward to. You can also start participating in activities you enjoy to boost your mood and disallow you to focus on your negative thoughts. Remember to exercise and eat balanced meals. By finding ways to enjoy your life and to confide in someone, your depression symptoms will get better over time.
Located in Draper, Utah at the base of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, Corner Canyon works with adults who are over 18 struggling with mental health diagnoses like depression, anxiety, trauma, bi-polar, and other mood disorders seeking treatment. Corner Canyon offers advanced technology to help their clients such as brain balancing technology to better assess the brain for those with PTSD and artificial intelligence to process therapeutic data to deliver a personalized treatment program for all clients. For more information, please call us at 866-399-3469 as we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Cheryl has a 24-year history of founding and managing treatment programs for adolescents, in addition to providing therapy for them and is now excited to work with adults at Corner Canyon Health Centers. Her own treatment experiences informed the development and implementation of the foundational components of Corner Canyon, and she looks forward to directing a program that meets all the expectations she had while in treatment and includes all the therapeutic practices that she has found to be effective throughout her career.
In 1998 Cheryl co-founded Second Nature Wilderness Program, which grew to be the largest private wilderness therapeutic program in the United States and included 5 separate locations. Cheryl also helped found Gateway Academy, a pre-eminent residential treatment program for adolescent boys, and looks forward to working with the Gateway Academy owners at Corner Canyon.
In 2003, Cheryl was elected by her colleagues throughout the United States to serve as a board member for the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Cheryl works clinically with addiction, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, family systems problems, and other co-occurring issues. She loves working with clients the most out of all the different roles she has played. Cheryl completed her education at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1993. Her clinical training included CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Assertive Communication, and providing individual, family, group therapy and marriage counseling.
Cheryl is the oldest of ten children and has two adult children, a daughter and a son. Her interests include water sports, photography, interior design, household projects, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves house boating on Lake Powell, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her 5 wonderful grandchildren.