Depression is very common–nearly 30 million Americans suffer from depression. Typically someone who has depression will report sadness, pessimism, feelings of worthlessness, low energy and a lack of pleasure in daily life.
There are several different types of depression: major depression, dysthymia (chronic low-grade depression), seasonal affective disorder, and adjustment disorders. Depression may develop in response to significant life events, such as the death of a family member or friend, financial or work difficulties. Chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, AIDS or Parkinsons disease may also lead to depression.
Symptoms of Depression
No two people experience depression in the same exact way. Symptoms of depression include fatigue, low self esteem, appetite changes, poor concentration, insomnia or excessive sleeping, irritability and sadness. Depression can be a challenging illness to live with, but there are some excellent treatment options available. You don’t have to go through depression alone. Depression can be treated. I’m here to support you as you work to leave depression behind.
Treatments for Depression
I am well versed in many types of therapies for treating depression including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness meditation. There are many other types of therapies that may be appropriate for any given patient, and I can tailor the therapy for your unique needs.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy. Research is clear that this form of behavioral therapy is extremely effective in helping with depression. During each visit, you and I will work together to develop and understand your thought patterns and behavioral habits that are associated with depression. The next phase of CBT focuses on helping you to implement the desired changes in both your cognitive and behavioral habits in order to form a new and healthy mindset. CBT is a technique that targets the way we think and / or the way we act. It is one of the best treatments for depression and is known for being one of the fastest ways to get results. CBT is a habit changing therapy that helps you to challenge negative thoughts. Problem feelings and trends are identified so that you can learn to deal with life in more effective ways.
Whether you are interested in cognitive-behavioral therapy or open-ended talk therapy for depression, the most important thing to know about depression is that help is available. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, please contact me or another licensed therapist for help. There is no need to suffer from depression alone. If you have questions about therapy or would like to schedule an appointment, I can help. See below for some additional depression resources.
Depression Resources from the National Institute of Mental Health