Everyone at times experiences the blues which usually passes after a few hours or days. Depression however, is persistent and interferes with a person's day to day functioning and causes significant pain in the lives of those it touches. Depression is a common and a treatable illness.
There are many different types of depression, ranging from depression in response to stressful life situations to more severe depressive disorders. Research supports use of Cognitive behavior therapy in conjunction with medication, when indicated, as most effective form of treatment for depression.
In treating depression, I utilize cognitive behavior therapy and Mindfulness-based skills which are the established and recommended methods for treatment of depression.
Do you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms on a persistent basis?
1. Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness and emptiness
2. Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
3. Loss of interest in activities that used to be fun and rewarding
4. Lack of energy
5. Sleeping too much or too little,
6. Eating too much or too little
7. Poor concentration and focus
8. Irritability and restlessness
9. Persistent physical aches and pains, such as headaches, stomach problems
10. Wish to die or thoughts of suicide or self-harm
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, you should consider consulting with your physician and a mental health provider.
Depression also impacts relationships with friends and family. They can experience the negative impact of depression in their daily lives and worry about their loved one. Friends and family members can in fact be an important source of support to the person battling the depression when they are knowledgeable about nature of depression and available treatment options. They can encourage their loved one to seek and stay in treatment. Family members also need support to attend to their own personal needs and to learn to manage the impact of the disorder in their daily lives.
I work closely with the family members to provide them with education and support in caring for themselves and their loved ones and will discuss need for additional support and referrals as needed.
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