Find hope and support in the darkest times
It is not uncommon for one to feel “blue” or “sad” from time to time. Especially during periods of loss or during unfortunate events. Such as relationship problems, arguments with loved ones, or not achieving a desired goal. These feelings are usually short-lived and pass over time, and are manageable. When the sadness persists and becomes worsened, depression can begin to overturn your world.
Characteristics of depression
Depression can feel like a persistent emptiness or darkness to which the world has lost its luster. Depression can deplete the happiness and pleasure in life and from the very things that once brought us joy. It can leave us with feelings of despair, helplessness and hopelessness. We often carry a negative view of ourselves, others, and the world. Doing the smallest things such as self-care and daily activities can feel exhausting. You may feel isolated, alone and uncomfortable even in the presence of others. You may experience thoughts of suicide or passive thoughts of what the world would be like without you in it. Depression can last months, years and, over time, may worsen with short reprieves.
Common Symptoms of Depression:
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Difficulty concentrating and forgetfulness
- Feeling worthless, guilt or shame
- Difficulty sleeping, falling asleep or staying asleep
- Loss of interest in things once pleasurable
- Persistent sadness or sense of emptiness
- Recurrent thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts, or passive thoughts of death
Treatment of Depression
As part of my approach, I provide a thorough assessment and consider the appropriate treatment approach with your collaboration. In severe cases of depression, psychotherapy and medication may be the course of action. If I think medication may benefit you, I will refer you to one of my expert psychiatrists for an evaluation. The most common treatments for mild to moderate depression are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal and Psychodynamic Therapy.