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Depression Therapy

How do I know if I have depression?

Depression negatively affects how you feel, think, and cope with daily activities. It’s more than just feeling down or sad; it’s a continuous sense of emptiness and hopelessness that pervades your daily existence. A chemical imbalance or an overactive nervous system can also be the cause of depression, as can life events like the loss of a loved one or a relationship.

Symptoms of depression

Depression can manifest in various ways. Some people experience a persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood, while others may feel irritable or hopeless. You may experience a lack of energy, feel down and hopeless, and become withdrawn. Clinical depression symptoms include continuous melancholy, pain without a clear physical cause, an increase or reduction in appetite, and sleep issues (you may be either sleeping excessively or not sleeping enough). Depression is one of the most common reasons people seek mental health care. Therapy for depression can help by addressing the issues you’re experiencing. You and your therapist or psychologist can talk about your depression and come up with strategies and coping techniques to help you manage the symptoms. Additionally, depression therapy might help you better understand the causes of your depression and how to manage its symptoms.

The process of depression therapy

At Behr Psychology, we understand the nuanced nature of depression. Our psychologists and therapists are committed to delivering empathetic, effective depression treatment that addresses the individual needs of our clients. The first step toward managing and overcoming depression begins with a comprehensive evaluation by our skilled therapists. This intake meeting helps our psychologists and therapists identify the specific type and severity of depression you are experiencing. Following this, your therapist will develop tailored depression therapy using proven methods like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), or psychodynamic therapy, depending on the best fit for your situation.

What should I expect during depression therapy sessions?

At Behr Psychology, we strive to create a supportive environment where you can openly discuss your emotions and thoughts. Together with your therapist, you will work to identify the root causes of depression. Treatment for depression will also provide you with skills to manage and reduce depressive symptoms in your day-to-day life.

Do I need therapy for depression?

If you find yourself constantly overwhelmed by sadness and a pervasive sense of hopelessness, if you’re always exhausted, withdrawing from friends and family, and struggling with everyday tasks and activities, it may be time to consider major depressive disorder therapies. Treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) have really shown some great results in tackling depression. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, a combination of medication and psychotherapy can provide the most effective results for depression management.

How do I start therapy for depression?

Finding a mental health professional with a specialization that meets your needs is crucial. At Behr Psychology, we offer in-person consultations at our Midtown West and Upper West Side offices and online sessions for those in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina, and California.

Contact us today to discuss your needs and learn about our depression treatment process.

Myths about depression therapy:

Myth: I don’t need treatment; depression will eventually go away on its own.

Fact: While some people may notice temporary improvements, professional depression treatment offers long-term coping strategies and compassionate support for managing depression.

Myth: You must have severe depression to benefit from therapy.

Fact: Therapy is effective for all levels of depression, moderate to severe, as it helps people better understand the roots of their depression and how it impacts their lives, allowing them to control their condition.

Myth: Depression therapy is only for people who can't handle their own problems.

Fact: Depression treatment can benefit everyone, regardless of personal resilience, by providing skills for managing symptoms and improving mental health.

Myth: Therapy for depression is just about talking about your issues.

Fact: Effective therapy for depression is much more than just venting your problems. Depression therapy involves structured approaches to change negative thinking patterns, develop coping strategies, and improve overall mental health.

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All of our therapists are relatable, authentic, and insightful clinicians who understand what it is like to be a patient. Yes, we provide therapy but we strive to understand who you are, not as a patient but as a whole person.

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