Depression and Dysregulated Emotions

“Feelings are something you have; not something you are.”

- Nido Qubein

Depression and Dysregulated Emotions

Much of my work involves working with people who have experienced repeated bouts of depression, possibly since they were adolescents. They often have worked with other therapists and counselors and might have tried different anti-depressant medications, which seem to work for awhile, but then all of a sudden the depression is back.  Besides the sadness and hopelessness that accompanies the depressed mood, they might experience periods of irritability.  Their loved ones might tell them that they feel as if they have to walk on eggshells when the client is around.

My clients often have emotional reactions that they feel are uncontrollable and out of character.  These reactions are uncomfortable to them. These strong emotions interfere with their personal and professional relationships.  

They also often have distressing thoughts which move too fast and which they can’t get to slow down.  They sometimes might feel that they want to jump out of their own skin. Before we start working together, they often feel hopeless, as if they won’t ever have control of their lives.

We will work towards exploring the patterns of the mood states and the accompanying emotions that you have experienced.  We will identify your repetitive negative thoughts and challenge their veracity while practicing new coping skills so that you can gain more control of your emotions.  We might discuss the possibility of a referral to a medical provider for a trial of different medications, if it seems as if that might be helpful.  We will strive towards helping you gain control over your mood and emotions, instead of your mood and emotions controlling you.