Therapy for Depression
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, have feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness.
Other symptoms may include:
- Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
- Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
- Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
- Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, or suicide attempts
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
For many people with depression, symptoms are severe enough to cause noticeable problems in day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities or relationships with others. Some people may feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.
But there is hope… depression can be treated! You don’t have to feel this way. Research finds that treatment with medication prescribed by a physician or participating in psychotherapy with a qualified clinician are about equally effective in alleviating the symptoms of depression. Additionally, research indicates that the combination of medication and therapy is more effective than either one alone. Cognitive therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and a family systems approach are all found to be effective in treating depression. I am trained in all of these approaches.
Seeing a qualified therapist for an assessment may give you answers as to what form of treatment is best for you.
So if you are tired of feeling this way, contact me today for an assessment or a free phone consultation.