What depression is:

Depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things.

What depression is not:

Depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with depression cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression

This group is for people who:

  • Feelings of hopelessness, even when there is reason to be hopeful
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Much less interest or pleasure in most regular activities
  • Low self-esteem
  • Excessive or inappropriate guilt
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Prefer to withdraw rather than be in groups
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
What was most helpful about this group?:

“Gaining insight into others’ issues and how they work through it. Very diverse and we can learn from each other and obtain new aspects and ideas.”

“The closeness and trust built by having a small group. I like that Adam checks in with everyone even if we are running out of time.”

“The group was generally empathetic, showing interest in each other’s lives with ideas, suggestions, advice, and encouragement.”

When someone is suffering from depression, these symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. This means that the person’s family and social relationships, as well as work life, are impaired. Join our freedom from depression group where you will begin the process of change. Learn ways to challenge your self-defeating thoughts, build happiness, and integrate healthier views within.

When: Thursdays 6:00 to 7:00 pm and Fridays 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Where: 12970 W. Bluemound Rd. #200, Elm Grove, WI 53122
Therapist: Adam Barboff, LPC, NCC, SAC
Payment: insurance reimbursable or self-pay options are available

Call to confirm your space and payment eligibility. Space is limited call (262) 780-1020 today. If you are not a current client of Red Oak Counseling, an initial assessment is required to determine group readiness. Please note there is an additional fee for this initial assessment.