7 signs you are entering the 5th dimension

We are all going through a very deep and powerful spiritual metamorphosis individually, and collectively as the human species. I believe there is a reason behind everything that occurs. As your consciousness rapidly ascends towards the fifth dimension, it can feel like you are catching the best waves as you surf the Cosmic Gateway. New information is pouring into your awareness, that will guide you into new states of joy, peace, and fulfillment.

One could say this shift is like a massive update to your entire operating system. It’s like upgrading from Human Consciousness 3.0 to Galactic Consciousness 12.0. At this point, you can tell something has changed but you can’t quite put your finger on it. Dimensions are not places or locations, but levels of consciousness that vibrate at a certain rate. The higher we vibrate, the more dimensions we consciously experience.

When we are ready to move beyond the 3rd dimension, we must go through the 4th dimension before we can enter the 5th.  The 4th acts much like a purifying filter, for it is the realm of the heart that is filled with love, oneness, and lightness. 

The 5th dimension is even lighter in frequency, having a more pure love, cosmic consciousness and a true multi-dimensional reality. The fifth dimension is beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.

We will be inside this photon belt of energy for the next 2000 years, causing a massive shift in consciousness for the entire humanity. Everyone on our planet will be shifting from 3D consciousness into a 5th Dimensional enlightened reality.

The shift will be bringing humanity into the Aquarian age of being one unified harmonious world working together in peace. It will occur as a very slow digestible rate that is easy to assimilate and integrate true mastery over our minds, and our lives.

If you are willing to remain in TRUST, LOVE, and SURRENDER to your HIGHEST SELF you will naturally ascend and open yourself up to experiencing the 5th Dimensional consciousness with joy and effortless ease.

Awakening to 5D begins with understanding that the Universal body is an extension of your physical body because there is only one consciousness that permeates everything and you are that! We are that, and that is all there is.

This is a VERY special time to be alive on the planet!

I believe this alignment is responsible for creating this shift into 5D consciousness and will initiate a very special mass global spiritual enlightening process in which we all incarnated to experience at this time.

We all need to break through our deeply misguided programming which we received growing up that was deeply misinformed about these higher truths. We need to drop our old preconceptions about reality and the limitations of who we believe we are in order to make the leap into 5D. We need to learn how to Quiet our Mind, keep our heart open (all the time) and remain relaxed and grounded in the Source of our innermost presence.

To shift our stubborn old egos into 5D consciousness, I find it is essential every day to allow yourself to access feelings of humility, vulnerability, and the state of absolute nothingness.  It helps to open your mind and imagine just how massive space is out there in the Universe and how the energy of our own galaxy functions.

We are all in the COVID lockdown cooker for much higher dimensional reasons than what they’re telling you on TV. The 8 billion souls on earth are having to face, purge and process out all their lower energetic frequencies such as fear, anxiety, worry, and mistrust. Just like the caterpillar must eat his own feces to obtain the proper nutrients to grow his wings, we are all in this mass cocoon together growing our 5D wings!

On any spiritual path, I find it is deeply important to learn how to use everything you can for your awakening. Shifting into 5D consciousness is not a comfortable experience. It’s like we are taking off an old worn-out pair of shoes that are 3 sizes too small! Yet once we get them off, we are going to feel soooooo much better!!

The trick to an easier shift into 5D is remembering as often as possible that the Universe you see outside you, is merely reflecting the Universe that is within you. You can change your thinking, open up your perspective, expand your paradigm on reality. Shift your inner world and the outer world will follow.

Below are the 7 signs you are entering the 5d reality

#1 Daily life will be bubbling frequently with sensations of gratitude, joy, lightness, love, and wonder.

The 4th and 5th dimensions are like receiving a major upgrade in your operating software and DNA hardware.  It’s as if your mind-body will be offered to work inside the newest fastest computer that operates smoothly at the speed of light!  It will help if you reboot it (meditate, exercise and go raw/vegetarian diet) which will make your body and mind much more stable, expansive, have a sharp creative mind, clear memory, and make your overall life much easier to operate.

During this upgrade from 3D to 4D you will experience random feelings of deep inner peace, and thoughts about letting go of everything in your life.   When you wake up in the morning it will be easier to stop dwelling on any harsh “3D issues” such as money, lacking love, debt, schedules, ill health, not having enough time, or stress from having too many things to do.

In 5D Consciousness it is not possible to live in fear.  When your karma (energetic subconscious patterns) comes up to be processed and released, you will feel this and naturally something deep inside you will just relax and let it go.  There is a deeper trust, sensitivity, and ability to feel the old pattern your body is holding onto. Do not over-identify with it.  Just know who you are cannot be limited or labeled any quantified experience.

You will know that you’re entering the 4D or 5th Dimensional realm because you’ll feel very spacious and light.  You’ll sense this open trusting effortless flow of life in each moment.  A real feeling of wonder and excitement will be inside you about your life, as this natural lightness will help you to greet new opportunities with real love and gratitude each moment.

As you explore this transition from 3D to the 5th Dimension, it’s best to deeply love and accept yourself as you are.  Practice welcoming whatever experience arises with an open mind and then let it go!  Get to know yourself as a spiritual being, who is limitless, all-powerful, and deeply connected to the Source of All that is.

#2 Heavy negative issues you’re carrying will release easier and move through you more quickly.

Everyone is here to do their work of learning the lessons their soul came here to learn.  You too will be learning how to let go, drop your negativity, smallness, powerlessness, incompetency, and poverty consciousness.  You will be releasing all the old heavy baggage you’ve been carrying for lifetimes!  This is the only way you can enter into this higher vibrational 4D and 5D levels that are full of trust, lightness, laughter, and love.

Any old memory that your body is holding onto that is not full of the highest frequency will come up for you to feel, review, and re-experience. Your job is to use that information as a springboard to take you deeper inside, into the core of your being where you can merge with it, melt into it, and transform it.  Entering 5D is all about true alchemy. 

Instead of it taking months or years in psychotherapy for your karma to dissolve it will take minutes or even seconds! It’s like the Universe will be turning up the velocity on your inner juicer and turning your dense heavy substances (thought feelings) removing the pulp, keeping the essential nutrients, and giving you a more enlightened experience of life that feels like liquid light!

#3  You will physically experience the world as being more beautiful with your senses.

The colors of the world will look brighter, stronger, and have more pizzazz to them. You will see a wider spectrum of light and frequency that may even appear like sparkly rainbow ‘hippie’ colors. When you’re more emotional the colors will become even more beautiful and have a ‘happy’ vibration to them. The most simple raw fruits and vegetables will have an exquisite healing taste, and your sense of smell can become extremely heightened! You may smell what your neighbor is cooking all the way down the street!

You will be able to hear the divine song of creation, the music of the spheres, the eternal OM, and the sound of silence.  You can attune your listening to an orchestra of light that is constantly playing in the background, bringing tears of joy to your heart. You’ll feel and know you are communicating with the 5th-dimensional beings who are tuned into you by a deep interconnected feeling in the chest, heart, and belly. 

As every being on the entire planet receives their upgrade, it’ll become easier and easier to hear the messages from 5th-dimensional beings, yet the real work will be in integrating what they are saying and how to apply it to your life. It’s like a 3rd grader entering the classroom of a physics mastery program and trying to remember and relate the pertinent information to his world.

Many people will be able to hear these higher dimensional messages long before they will see them. In 5D, your mind is mainly quiet and at ease, so you won’t doubt that you are receiving a “download” from them. The higher the frequency of the subject that you want to talk about with them, the easier it is for them to hear, understand and notice that you’re speaking to them.

Seeing 5D intergalactic beings will become an accepted occurrence in society. For you to see all the 5D beings around you depends on your belief system and your ability to transcend the layers of limiting thoughts that restrict your consciousness from experiencing the seemingly impossible.

#4 Time will feel fluid, eternal, and illusory.

You will move like water from one life experience to the next. There will be no judgment or negative feelings about how or why things are done the way they are done. You will realize that you are not the doer and that a higher power doing life through you.

The same number of events may happen on a normal day, yet there will a much deeper richer and more juicy experience of each one. Life will be full of lightness and a love for being alive that it creates a timeless sensation of your life.

What seems like 2 weeks in the 3rd Dimension, can seem like a month in the 5th Dimension. The normal string of events in a day may not seem to happen in order or a “straight line”.  You may experience them randomly or move instantly from point A to point H or Z in seconds. 

The 3D view of time will seem pointless and like kindergarten consciousness as you’ll understand that there is no end to this life.  You’ll know you are an eternal being who cannot die and is all-powerful.  You’ll intimately know that when this body dies, you will continue to live on and on forever.  You will know this without any doubt.  If you meditate deeply on your essence, you can even come to know the time and place of your physical death.

#5 You’ll constantly have unexplainable synchronistic experiences and “miraculous” manifestations will happen regularly. 

Amazing synchronicities will be an everyday occurrence. The Universe will be speaking to you constantly, giving you “signs” on where to go and what to do.  It will feel like you are on a miraculous journey through a magical world and anything is possible!

What you took for granted as scientific rational laws of this Universe that absolutely cannot be broken will be constantly shattered and removed.  Whatever you once thought was impossible to happen, will and can manifest right before your very eyes.

For example, you may be chatting on the phone with a friend and ask them some random question that they cannot answer. When you hang up the next song you hear on the radio will contain the words that instantly answer your question for you.  Sometimes the answer will come first before the question comes, or they can even show up at the exact same time!

 When your third eye is fully open, you will start to see through this 3D dimension and into the 4th and 5th layers. This means you may start seeing lights, portals or layers of energy in the sky or perhaps right across your kitchen table.  As the veil between dimensions gets thinner you will see more and more of what is really around you.

You may start seeing extraterrestrial beings, UFO ships, or bizarre things that are here already here, yet just hidden from normal people’s eyes on the other dimension (as if they were once cloaked).  It is nothing to be concerned about as the energy at this point on the planet is already so high, that the darker beings cannot handle the vibration. 

When humanity opens up to 5D Consciousness, we will all be informed that we are all intimately part of an Intergalactic Community, and are taken care of (the genetic offspring) of the most highly evolved spiritually enlightened loving beings you can imagine. When you meet people who are living in the 5th as well, can bring up such a deep happiness inside they could bring tears of joy to your eyes.

Science and spirituality will truly become one and you will have full and total understanding of how it all works as you will be merged with the oneness of all things.  By practicing listening to your guides on the higher realms, you’ll be able to know anything about anyone at any time. 

Any question someone asks you, you can access the Akashic Record and immediately have the answer to.  You may be able to foresee how certain events will unfold in the future, yet not always be able to predict the exact future events as this would not be in alignment with the highest mystery and joy of life, making life truly a wondrous adventure to explore!  So you bow down and respect the mystery of life, knowing it will all be totally perfect exactly as it unfolds for you.

#6 You will know and feel divinely guided by something higher than your own mind/imagination

As your mind begins to quiet, you will be able to hear your guidance from the other dimensions.  This may be from angelic guides, spirit guides, past ancestors, or beings on a higher plane showing you the way home.  As you tune into this, you will soon realize that you have many beings in higher dimensions that are around you helping you all the time.  Whoever you connect with you will feel extremely supported, safe, secure as the frequency on the planet will be so high that no lower dark energies will be able to survive here.  You will be able to trust 100% in the connect and experiences you have.

These beings will be seen with your 3rd eye, in your mind’s eye in the beginning for most people.  There are always exceptions to every rule, yet if you wish to, you can start opening up your 3rd eye to see what is really here.  Simply spend the majority of your time focusing your attention (visualizing) a bright golden light that is lit up in the back of your head. 

If you wish to hear more clearly what these beings are saying, you can ask them to assist you in another mini-upgrade and learn how to tune into them like you were a radio station finding where your favorite tunes.

#7 You can access the miraculous powers of your true multi-dimensional body

Because time and space are illusions, and all matter is energy and consciousness, and you are made of the same stuff as everything around you, you’ll be able to manifest the most amazing things with your mind.

With much surrender, patience and practice, you will realize you are God and be able to explore the hidden psychic inside you. This means anything you can imagine you can manifest in the physical 3D world, including things with your new upgraded body. 

Advanced beings will assist you and even help you to time travel with your body to other worlds and dimensions.  You will enter into the sphere of your existence which means that you’ll be able to jump into any event in your life, past or future instantly and experience whatever it is you wish to experience. 

You will realize that you’re an intimate part of an intergalactic community and there are beings who are a million years more advanced than our civilization who have been here for the past 400,000 years watching our every move.  You will feel embraced by this new family and know where your true roots are.

We all want to enjoy our time here to the maximum.  During this time of increasing energy and vibration on the planet, we must keep a high frequency level if we are to fully explore this world in the most enlightening and enjoyable way.  To be able to do this, we must travel deeply inside ourselves, and rest in the silent source that is at the core of who we truly are. We must be willing to relax, let go of all your old comfortable habits, and drop into the “unknown zone”. 

The most healing feelings in the Universe are found within you.  The inner spiritual journey is the greatest journey any being can take in their lifetime.  You are privileged to be here and you have the time and energy to explore this. Transform and move your energy into any dimension you want. That’s what you designed for.

IN ORDER TO HEAL YOU MUST FEEL

In order to forgive ourselves and others, we must truly heal and to do so we must know and feel the injury. Every pain is only considered a pain, when it is felt. Therefore your feelings have a major role to play in your spiritual development cycle. It’s not something to avoid or ignore. So many people face a lifetime of trauma that could be healed immediately, if they sit and grow through the pain but we live in a cowardly world where it seems unproductive to sit and do some self work.

We need to willingly and lovingly explore and heal the core of a trauma emotion – we must clean, purge and love it, from the inside out. Feeling in order to heal requires some degree of Self awareness and Self responsibility. It is important not to become polarized in or attached to anger and fear, etc. What is most needed is for us to visit, own, acknowledge and validate difficult emotions. Allowing ourselves to hear and see what is held in the body, organs, blood, bone, genetic blueprint and cellular memory is fundamental to our healing.

Life can be very unraveling when we begin to truly look at our emotions and experiences for what they are and not just what how they make us feel, sometimes it might take only a moment and for others it might take even longer. For example, if two people have same cut on their skin, the healing process might not be totally alike. One may take longer while the other heals faster and vice versa. But one thing is certain, they both feel pain. A couple of days ago, I was having a conversation with an old friend about how life and death are two sides to coin, likewise pain and pleasure. Every mother goes through pain during child birth, some feel more pain than others but one thing is for sure -“PAIN”. During the passage of death, some feel pain and others have it less painful. This shows that pain is in the natural cycle of life and we should accept it for what it is. A PROCESS. They all go hand in hand like an interwoven thread and until we accept them for what they are, we would never truly know what we are capable of.

Ultimately, difficult experiences and painful emotions arise to the surface of our healing radar in divine timing. What can emerge, often seemingly out of nowhere, are deeply stored emotions, repetitive patterns we may have thought we had cleared, as well as old ‘stories’ to conclude from lifetimes ago.

It is important not to go into too much detail when it comes to re-telling our story. If there is a powerful need to share over and over the story, then what can most serve the ultimate healing of it is to do so in no more than five words. However, to arrive at this point may require that we re-tell a story in greatest detail for as long needed, in order to help us to come to terms with what has happened. Yet, we find when closest to fully healing and letting go of a story, we have less to say in terms of detail and a deeper feeling impulse to feel the feeling we are left with so as to begin to dissipate it, slowly but surely, in the light of love and consciousness.

The emphasis must be on the feeling (felt-sense), not the story (mind). It is not the situation that causes our suffering, it is what the mind does with it. So, we literally need to get out of the mind, the who, when, what, where, why, breathe into the emotion and feel the feeling. In Psychosynthesis there is an effective practice that invites one to identify in order to dis-identify, to go inside, walk around, explore and examine an inner-wound.

Meditation and Visualization are great tools to get inside the ‘inside’. These are very potent methods to aid healing because we live in a world where perception becomes reality, visuals can become a powerful facilitator for Self healing. Just as yoga has its own magical healing abilities for the body and soul. ( See Yoga and it’s health benefits ). One thing I’m sure we all want, is to be entirely free from pain. Yet we avoid our feelings. But everyone wants to experience the ultimate bliss of pleasure. Like a popular African musician “Tuface Idibia” said, ” Nobody wan die, but them wan go heaven. Question is what are you willing to let go of to acquire what you desire? We live in a transactional world. One where you have to give to receive. Therefore, If you want to truly heal, you have to walk through the lonely and sometimes painful path of healing by FEELING.

Life skills you were never taught

When it comes to creating a happy and successful life, most of us were introduced to a variety of traditional skills designed to get us there. Important habits like time management, creative thinking, communication and self-discipline are commonly celebrated as the master key to success.

Especially from childhood. Children are supposed to learn many life skills from their parents, tutors and relatives including how to take care of their own emotional and physical needs. These life skills are many but few include:

  • Love and Respect
  • Self-Belief and Self-Confidence
  • Emotional Management
  • Good Communication Skills
  • How to say no
  • How to accept rejection
  • How to know what you want
  • How to hear inner guidance
  • How to prioritize joy
  • How to put yourself first
  • How to appreciate what is
  • How to let go
  • How to ask for help
  • How to receive

Now, let’s examine together each of these life skills.

Love and Respect. Parents and guardians are supposed to teach their children to speak to themselves in a kind, understanding and compassionate manner. Children need to learn to respect their values and believes but to be brave enough to challenge whether they are correct or not. Kids need to be taught to respect their bodies and to set appropriate boundaries. They also need to know when to let go of people who do not respect them.

Children also need to learn to value, love, and respect others, accepting other beliefs and backgrounds. They need to learn not to force their beliefs onto others and to express opinions in a manner that respects other’s feelings.

If any of these skills is missing, the child grows into an adult who not only does not love and respect themselves but also lacks respect for others.

Self-Belief and Self-Confidence. These two qualities can only be learned through experience, and it is up to parents to instill in their children to have self-belief. This belief system allows children to have the courage to take the necessary risks to further themselves in the world.

Teaching children that there is no such thing as a failure only opportunities to learn sets them up to try new things and to accept their faults. These kids will be more confident and competent in everything they do.

When parents do not teach their kids self-belief and self-confidence, they allow their children to internalize any mistakes they might make and to wallow in their failures. Children whose parents did not teach them self-belief and self-confidence grow into adults who are afraid to try new things and would rather be a follower rather than a leader.

Emotional Management. Learning to manage one’s emotions is one of the most important things a parent can teach their child. Children learn emotional management from watching their parent’s example, and if the parent does not regulate their own emotions, the child will not either.

The result is adults who are ruled by their emotions and who will be unable to respond appropriately to emotional stimuli. When faced with feeling depressed or scared, these adults are unable to act, and if nothing changes, nothing changes.

These adults become caught in a cycle.

Good Communication Skills. The success of adults both professionally and personally relies upon the quality of their communication skills. Parents are to teach their children to use and listen to both verbal and non-verbal communications and respond with authenticity, sensitivity, and actively.

When children are not taught to listen to others, they grow up to be adults who are unable to cultivate respectful relationships both at work and at home. Forming deep and lasting relationships becomes extremely difficult when communication skills are compromised by a lack of parenting.

How to say no.

Most of us were trained to accommodate the desires of others rather than to honor our personal preferences. Even when we do manage to wriggle out of something we don’t want to do, it’s not unusual to feel guilty in declining the request. But make no mistake; learning to say no (and feel fine about it) is an essential skill for successful living.

How to accept rejection.

From the very beginning as young children who were dependent on others for survival, we learned to value acceptance and approval from others. It can trigger strong feelings of fear when we don’t receive that approval. Yet fear of rejection keeps many of us from following our biggest dreams. Learning that it’s okay even when others don’t agree is key to happiness.

How to know what you want.

In learning to navigate the world many of us become experts at discerning what others want and prioritizing their desires in an attempt to win affection and approval. This is not a habit that leads to personal fulfillment. Learning to identify what you truly desire – and having the courage to honor it – isn’t something most of us were taught but is absolutely essential for success.

How to hear inner guidance.

As a common parenting technique we were trained to listen to our parents, and then our teachers, without any attention given to hearing our own inner wisdom. Learning to tune into that guidance is a skill that contributes greatly to a happy life. You’ll go far learning to recognize and follow the wisdom within.

How to prioritize joy.

Many cultures teach that work comes first and the reward is later – if we’re lucky. We pay our dues up front and hope to earn our desserts. But stress and misery are too often the result of this life approach. Being willing to front-load life with happiness and joy is the wiser path to true success.

How to put yourself first.

Selfishness is often criticized and selflessness revered in our society. Yet we are useless to the world when we haven’t taken care of ourselves first. Learning to practice effective self-care allows us to be of highest service to the passions that fill our heart, which makes for better world citizens.

How to let go.

Most of us are taught to persevere no matter the pain or cost because anything we want is worth working hard for. And yet struggle and sacrifice often just lead to unrewarding results where we’re worn out and miserable. Those in the know understand that unhappy journeys don’t have happy endings, which makes knowing when to give up an essential life skill.

How to appreciate what is.

More, bigger, better, and faster is the focus many folks engage in their pursuit of happiness. But if we don’t learn how to appreciate the present moment and enjoy what life offers right now, it’s hopeless that we ever will. One of the most worthwhile practices we can master is becoming thankful for what is.

How to ask for help.

Our fear of rejection and unwillingness to impose upon others (and also perhaps our desire for independence) often keep us from requesting the help we need to achieve what we most want. We become “world class askers” in pursuit of our greatest dreams because nothing great is ever created in isolation. Learning to ask for support is undoubtedly a key success skill.

How to receive.

Typically we learn to be good givers and are actually uncomfortable on the receiving end, even when it’s something as simple as a compliment or a favor. Because our culture exalts acts of giving, it’s easy for us to lack the skills of receiving. This is a success habit worth mastering, however, since our dreams remain out of reach until we know how to let the good stuff in.

How to heal from depression through psychotherapy

Depression brutally assaults us and promotes hopelessness. This is because depression is not a pure feeling but an effort to ward off a complex mix of unwanted ones. Anger, frustration, irritation, and grief are feelings we tend to find intolerable, we don’t want to feel them, we avoid them. When we’re depressed, we’re engaging in a psychic battle to blot out these unwanted feelings. It’s a battle with your self. Usually, the part of yourself you’re scared to face or the part you’re traumatized by. Common psychic defenses against painful feelings include ignoring feelings, projection.

We got to do better at becoming our best selves everyday. In today’s world, depression carries with it a very high cost in terms of relationship problems, family suffering and lost work productivity and mental illnesses. Yet, depression is highly treatable.

Every feeling is a state of mind . Hence, depression is a state of mind of being deeply pressed over a situation.

States are locations, a state of mind– is a location in your mind and we can change locations cant we? The intention of this post is to remind you that every kind of sickness is a mental state of being as it is physical. Therefore, if we can heal the mind we can heal the body and vice versa. All you need do is change your state (location) of well-being and you can heal the illness. In my last post, Let’s Talk Therapy, i wrote about what psychotherapy is and how it plays a major role in helping to alleviate the most common types of disorders or illnesses.

When depression appears in your life, think of it as a cry for help from your subconscious. Listen to it, find out what it’s trying to tell you. Only when you confront and understand the true cause of your depression, then take action to address it, will you finally be liberated from it no matter what the temperature outside.

What Causes Depression?

Depression does not have one single cause. It can be developed for a number of different reasons, some include:

Stressful life events. An upsetting incident such as a death in the family or the breakdown of a romantic relationship can lead people to depression. Job stress or financial woes are also common causes. Early life experiences can also play a role. People who try to deal with these issues on their own and shut themselves off from family and friends are especially vulnerable to developing depression.

Personality and heredity. People who have certain personality traits are also susceptible to depression. Those who are excessively self-critical or have very low self-esteem are at particular risk. Moreover, if you have a family history of depression – such as a depressed parent or sibling – it is possible you could become depressed yourself. However, this is not a given, many people with such histories do not become depressed.

Illness and aging. Any illness can trigger depression in certain individuals, especially if it has repercussions on your activity level or sex life. In particular, people with life-threatening or recurrent illnesses are prone to depression. Thyroid problems and head injuries can also lead to mood swings. In addition, aging can make some people feel depressed.

Drug and Alcohol Use. People who turn to drugs or alcohol to deal with problems are more likely to end up even more depressed because these substances can bring on or worsen depression. Moreover, those who become addicted often experience family or work problems, which can also contribute to depression.

Giving birth. Postnatal depression can be triggered by the emotional, physical and hormonal changes that accompany giving birth as well as the responsibility and challenges of caring for a baby and changes in the family structure.

Core Symptoms of Depression

  1. A persistent low mood and/or feelings of sadness, with or without weepiness.
  2. Lack of energy and motivation: this is marked by lack of interest or pleasure in activities you may have previously enjoyed.
  3. Sleep problems
  4. Appetite changes
  5. Tiredness
  6. Sluggish movements or agitation
  7. Difficulty in concentrating and day to day problem solving
  8. Feelings of guilt and/or worthless
  9. Suicidal thoughts

How to hunt down your own depression

Rather than viewing depression as a monster to flee from, look it in the eye, investigate the feelings that you are “depressing” and avoiding. For example, you may say, “I feel depressed today.” The questions that follow should be: Why today? What am I ignoring? What issue am I not addressing?

When does depression need treatment or psychotherapy?

Any bout of depression that lasts more than two weeks can benefit from treatment, and the earlier it is begun, the better. Early treatment has the highest likelihood of bringing about full remission of symptoms and preventing relapse or recurrence. The so-called burden of depression is great, as the disorder is a major cause of missed work and poor productivity, and it has a devastating effect on relationships, family life, physical health, and general quality of life.

How Does Psychotherapy Help Depression?

Psychotherapy helps people with depression:

  • Understand the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to his or her depression.
  • Understand and identify the life problems or events — like a major illness, a death in the family, a loss of a job or a divorce — that contribute to their depression and help them understand, which aspects of those problems they may be able to solve or improve.
  • Help to restructure ways of thinking, negative attributes and attitudes someone has about himself, and ways in which faulty thinking may perpetuate depression.
  • Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
  • Learn coping techniques and problem-solving skills.

Types of Therapy for Depression

Therapy can be given in a variety of formats, including:

  • Individual: This therapy involves only the patient and the therapist.
  • Group: 2 or more patients may participate in therapy at the same time. Patients are able to share experiences and learn that others feel the same way, and have had the same experiences.
  • Marital/couples: This type of therapy helps spouses and partners understand why their loved one has depression, what changes in communication and behaviors can help, and what they can do to cope.
  • Family: Because family is a key part of the team that helps people with depression get better, it is sometimes helpful for family members to understand what their loved one is going through, how they themselves can cope, and what they can do to help.

Approaches to Therapy

While therapy can be done in different formats — like family, group, and individual — there are also several different approaches that mental health professionals can take to provide therapy. After talking with the patient about their depression, the therapist will decide which approach to use based on the suspected underlying factors contributing to the depression.

Therapy Tips

Therapy works best when you attend all of your scheduled appointments and participate actively in the work of treatment. The effectiveness of therapy is not a passive process depends on your active participation. It requires time, effort, and consistency. As you begin therapy, establish some goals with your therapist. Then spend time periodically reviewing your progress with your therapist.

Psychotherapy vs Counseling

Psychotherapy and counseling both use psychological methods to help patients with a mental or emotional problem or disorder.

Some people make a small distinction between the two terms: “Counseling” is a brief treatment that targets a specific symptom or situation, while “psychotherapy” is a longer-term treatment that attempts to gain more insight into someone’s problems. However, many people use the terms interchangeably and over here at Barisity we offer both services.