Living and working in Manhattan (NYC) takes a lot of energy. You're used to having everything together, but recently you've felt off. Could you be feeling depressed?
What are the symptoms of Depression?
- You feel really down most of the time.
- You don't enjoy things the same way anymore.
- You're having trouble sleeping.
- It's really hard to concentrate.
- You feel anxious and agitated every day.
- You don't have the same energy you used to.
- You feel worthless and blame yourself a lot.
- You're having a harder time making decisions.
How do we get depressed?
You've lost motivation and fallen into a slump after a sudden loss or change in your life. Without even noticing it, you've become more withdrawn and lost touch with your friends. Or, you have just stopped caring, having lost any sense of pleasure in your work. You know this feels different--you've been feeling depressed. You're wondering whether you need help, but you don't know where to begin. Just the idea of asking for help makes you feel ashamed.
You know you're not doing as well at your job as you could be, but you wind up putting things off. They start piling up to the point where playing catch-up feels draining and overwhelming. Just reading that sentence and thinking about it feels that way. You're not yourself, and you're beginning to feel like a failure for not being able to get your "groove" back on your own.
How do we deal with depression?
Sometimes even when we're hurting, we keep our feelings to ourselves. You feel weak for having a problem. Sometimes you tell yourself you're just being lazy. All to keep others from finding out how much you're really struggling.
You learned along the way that you have to "keep on keeping on," never slowing down to process your pain and reach out to ask for help. You learned to wear a mask--to your friends, family, partners--in order to be strong. But you end up feeling drained and exhausted.
How can therapy for depression help?
You and I work together to identify your goals and values, so we can start helping you re-engage with life. We do this using a process called behavioral activation, to get you going and find joy again by taking concrete, measured steps toward your goals. By getting in touch with your thoughts and feelings, counseling can teach you to put them into words and take action to get back control, feel more motivated, and start living again. In the process, I'll help you re-learn how to practice self-care, and grow to depend on and trust others in your recovery. I use a variety of evidence-based approaches to accomplish these goals, which can be tailored to your specific needs.
Depression is treatable and responds well to a tailored treatment. Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for depression besides medication, but in some cases the combination of a small dose of medication and therapy is most effective. However, without treatment, it can often recur and relapse over time.
I know reaching out can be overwhelming, but don't let the idea that you "have to be strong" keep you from getting better. It takes strength and courage to acknowledge we need help.
If you're in Manhattan (NYC) and want to get started, book an appointment below to start treating your depression today.