Seeking relief from depressive symptoms? Schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation today
Depression is a very common and devastating condition. It’s a mood disorder that often causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest in people and things that normally bring joy. It changes your outlook on life and effects how you think, feel, behave and relate to others. When depressed you may struggle with doing day-to-day activities and may feel overwhelmed and hopeless. Depression is a serious condition and not just the blues. When feeling depressed, it is a good time to reach out and call a therapist.
Depression is treatable. Some of the treatments I use in my practice are psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive- behavioral, mind-body approaches and psycho-education. My goal is for you to go back to fully enjoying your life as soon as possible.
To help you identify if you are depressed, I have included a few of the more common symptoms. There are different types of depression. If you have a few of these symptoms call today.
- Depressed mood most of the day.
- Marked diminished interest in activities that often bring pleasure.
- Tearfulness, emptiness, hopelessness, guilt
- Irritability and frustration,
- Sleep disturbances- sleeping too much or too little
- Lack of energy and isolation from others.
- Slowed thinking, difficulty making decisions and memory issues.
- Low self esteem and lack of ability to assert yourself
Some strategies you can use today to start reducing depressive symptoms:
- Even if you want to isolate, reach out to family and friends, especially when you are feeling hopeless, to help you get through tough times.
- Exercise– moderate exercise, like walking 20 minutes, can help reduce depressive symptoms (of course make sure you are medically cleared).
- Sleep– improving your sleep and getting 8 hours of restful sleep helps reduce depressive symptoms.
- Gratitude – start your day by writing down 3 things you are
- Do something that you know you usually enjoy, even if you are not in the mood. Engaging in pleasurable activities helps us remember who we are.