Chronic fatigue, sadness, low self-esteem, changes in sleeping or eating habits can be some of the signs of depression. If you or your loved one is experiencing such symptoms, counseling and psychotherapy can help you heal and bring about a remarkable change in the quality of life.
What is depression?
Everyone experiences sadness, loneliness or grief at some point or the other through the course of life. While grief, sadness or depression could follow stressful life events such as death, separation, loss of job or illnesses, in some people these feelings persist and become chronic. When such feelings persist for days, weeks or months, it is diagnosed as depression.
Close to 3.3 million adults are diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder while more than sixteen million adults develop a major depressive disorder.
Major depression is diagnosed when at least five of the following symptoms are present for at least two weeks out of which one is either loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable and overwhelming sadness.
- Changes in appetite
- Sleeping excessively or insomnia (inability to sleep)
- Feeling tired constantly
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Excessive guilt
- Thoughts of death or suicidal ideation
- Difficulty in thinking or concentrating
Persistent depression is when sadness, low or dark mood are present for at least two years, for most of the day. Symptoms can often come and go but are not absent for more than two months at a time. Although many of the symptoms of persistent depression are the same as of major depression, they are not as severe as the latter. Persistent depression can involve any two of the following signs in addition to the low, sad or dark mood that lasts for two years or more.
- Feeling hopeless
- Decreased activity
- Social withdrawal
- Anger and irritability
- Feeling guilty
- Over or under-eating
- Low energy and concentration
- Impaired sleep
Depression can also accompany other medical conditions, hormonal fluctuations during menstruation or menopause in women, or changes in season.
Whatever the form of depression, it is important to know it is ‘not all in your head.’ Like any other health condition, depression is treatable with the right therapy.
People with major depressive disorder (MDD) and persistent depressive disorder benefit from a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Studies show those who received psychotherapy and counseling along with medication recovered better than those who received drug therapy alone.
When should you seek therapy?
At life’s various stages there may be times when you feel helpless, anxious or sad. When these feelings of loneliness, sadness or anxiety persist beyond two to three weeks, it is best to consult an experienced therapist.
As a professional therapist, we offer caring assistance that is designed to help you recognize important stressors, triggers, and behavior patterns while helping you find the ideal ways to cope and overcome depression. With three decades of experience in clinical settings, we offer psychotherapy and counseling sessions that are individualized.
Our therapy is aimed at developing constructive ways of dealing with life’s stressful events such as:
- Relationship difficulties
- Bereavement or loss of a loved one
- Emotional difficulties related illness or disability
- Addiction problems
- Pregnancy, child birth, and postpartum depression
- Sexual abuse
- Domestic violence
- Eating Disorders
- Job or career stress
Benefits of psychotherapy
As trained clinical practitioners, we have worked closely with hundreds of patients at outpatient and inpatient settings and use proven strategies to help overcome depression. Our one-on-one individual counseling sessions are designed to give you deep insights about depression while empowering you with new strategies to cope with stressors. While empathy is my strong point, we tailor our psychotherapy sessions to meet individual requirements.
While short-term therapy benefits some people, those with treatment-resistant or longstanding depression will need longer-term psychotherapy. Long term therapy lowers the risk of relapse while enabling the recognition of life patterns that potentially trigger depression.
Here are some ways you will benefit from my psychotherapy sessions:
- Improved sleep: Talk therapy can particularly help address symptoms of insomnia. Research shows personal talk therapy sessions with professionals improved both the quality and quantity of sleep in those who were depressed. Strategies such as Cognitive behavior therapy can help reverse behaviors that prevent sleep while restructuring attitudes.
- Understanding your own thoughts: Cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy helps you understand how your behaviors and thoughts play a major role in your mental health status. As a trained behavior therapist, we can help you learn new ways of responding to stressors or life events and challenge your pre-conceptions.
- Setting goals: We also work closely with you to set reasonable and achievable goals while giving you small assignments such as maintaining a journal and applying the problem-solving techniques you learn in real-life situations.
- Managing relationships: Through comprehensive interpersonal therapy, we help you focus and understand the dynamics between relationships and depression. While focusing on practical issues, you will learn to identify unhealthy behaviors and modify them.