is a very common and debilitating mood disorder that impacts 1 in 6 people at some point in their lives. Symptoms include:
lack of motivation
decrease in energy
decreased interest in pleasurable life activities
changes in sleep or appetite
feelings of worthlessness
thoughts of death or suicide
Depression changes how you think, feel and function in your daily life. The feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness can be unrelenting and overwhelming.
When treating depression, I use a number of strength-based approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness and contemporary psychodynamic approaches to help you identify triggers and replace maladaptive depressive cycles. I also use Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat trauma-based depression as it has been proven very effective in recent studies.
No matter how badly you currently feel, there is hope… you can get better. Depression is one of the most treatable disorders and responds very well to both psychotherapy and, when appropriate, antidepressants. Please call and schedule a free consultation today.
DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
There has been a significant increase in depression among our youth over the years. However, according to a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, there has not been a corresponding increase in treatment. Depression can begin as early as childhood. By adolescence, the rate increases with a sharp increase among teens occurring following puberty, particularly among girls. Symptoms often get overlooked by parents and teachers because depression often presents differently than in adults. When depressed, common symptoms among youth include irritability, physical ailments, a decrease in grades and social withdrawal.
If you have a child or teen struggling with depression, please seek help. If they are not motivated for treatment, call anyway so we can explore how best to help them.