Therapy for DepressionConsultant2020-01-12T12:03:58-05:00
Do you feel hopeless, helpless, or lost? Have you experienced a loss of pleasure, purpose, or meaning in life? Are you struggling to find the energy to get things done, making even the simplest day-to-day activities feel impossible?
You are not alone.
According to the CDC, depression is the leading cause of disability In the US for ages 15-44. So many people go undiagnosed, are unable to access treatment, and or try to numb out their symptoms with alcohol, food, or drugs.
New Yorkers are particularly at risk due to the strain of living in such a big city – the fast pace, the high cost of living, the isolation, you name it. Despite being surrounded by millions of people, so many of us feel alone and isolated.
If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, let us help. The therapists at Talking for Wellness provide therapy for adults from all over New York City and the surrounding areas – people just like you.
If you are interested and ready to get started, contact us today. To learn more about depression and how therapy can help, read on!
Do I need therapy for depression?
Depression can sometimes feel like a dark, cold, unforgiving storm where nothing changes. Fortunately, the storm can pass, and things can get better.
Depression is best understood from a biopsychosocial lens:
Depression is deeply rooted in your biology, which is why many of the symptoms tend to manifest in the body. People who experience depression tend to notice difficult physical symptoms that interfere with productivity, recovery, and overall wellness. Common examples of physical symptoms include:
Loss of energy or low energy
Irritability or agitation
Aches and pains
Difficulty with sleep
Nausea or unease
Unintended changes in bodyweight
Depression also happens in the mind – your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Many people are familiar with the psychological symptoms of depression, but few know that they can be directly related to physical symptoms. For example, you may have low energy, which then leads you to feel less motivated, which leads you to be self-critical and hopeless. Some common psychological symptoms include:
Hopelessness or helplessness
Sadness or tearfulness
Unhealthy self-criticism or low self-worth
Loss of meaning and purpose
Anger and aggression
Thoughts of death or ending one’s life *
Feeling “down” or “blue”
* Safety is the highest priority. If you or a loved one are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, contact the crisis line and/or call 911 to get immediate assistance.
People are inherently relational and hardwired for connection. So, when we become depressed, our social lives are also affected. Friends, family members, and even coworkers may sometimes notice as people with depression begin to act strangely, drift away, and isolate themselves. Other common social symptoms of depression include:
Fighting or arguing with others
Pushing people away
Becoming less extroverted or outgoing
Isolating oneself from others
Avoidance of interaction with classmates or coworkers
Loneliness and disconnection
If you or a loved one struggles with any of these warning signs, seek professional help. Fortunately, depression is very treatable. With the right support, you can overcome depression, find purpose and meaning, and achieve your goals.
Depressive symptoms tend to interact with one another, which is why the storm of depression can worsen over time:
When we feel down and depressed, we also tend to lose energy and motivation. The less energy we have, the less likely we are to take care of ourselves, which then makes us feel even worse. The worse we feel, the more negative our thoughts become, the more we isolate from others, and the depressive storm rages on.
Therapy for depression is specifically designed to help people move out of the storm. Therapists provide encouragement and support to get your body re-engaged and active, boost feelings of self-worth and purpose, and help you reconnect emotionally and socially.
As you begin psychotherapy for depression, you will learn to:
Effectively describe and explain your emotions
Understand the root of your pain
Be reflective and curious about yourself
Gain new insight and perspective
Build new relationships and deepen current ones
Accept life’s uncontrollable stressors
Enhance interpersonal and communication skills
Find motivation and purpose
No matter how difficult things might seem, no matter how hopeless the future might feel, we can help. The team at Let’s Talk Psychological Wellness is here for you. Contact us today to begin your wellness journey.
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We work with adults from all over New York City and the surrounding areas. Our treatment services cover a range of issues, such as:
Therapy for Anxiety and Panic
Therapy for Relationship Issues
Therapy for Depression
Therapy for Trauma and PTSD
Therapy for Grief and Loss
Therapy for the LGBTQ+ Community
Would you like to learn more about us? Let’s Talk Psychological Wellness, P.C. (Talking For Wellness) was founded by Dr. Nathilee Caldeira and is home to a diverse team of outstanding experts and compassionate caregivers. Our service providers also come from a wide variety of cultural, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities.
If you have questions or would like further information, we’d love to help. Contact us today to get connected with a member of our team.