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Depression is a monster.  It is a joy-sucking, energy-draining, hope-stealing beast that sits on your chest until even the effort to breathe is strenuous.  Clawing your way out of depression takes a force of will equivalent to climbing the last 300ft. of Mt. Everest; one is devoid of oxygen or presence of mind.  The only way to climb Mt. Everest or to come up for air when drowning in depression is one small, intentional movement at a time.  Please watch this 60 second video on one of the most helpful tips for depression I’ve come across in my decade of counseling teenagers (The credit for this tip goes to Carrie Johnson, another outstanding member of the counseling team at Teen Therapy OC).

 

Helping teens grow and families improve connection,

Lauren Goodman, MS, MFT