Depression Therapist in New York
TREAT YOUR Depression, FIND PEACE
We all feel sad from time to time. It is after all a healthy human emotion. However, when sadness becomes sticky and is accompanied with feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or numbness, the sadness has likely morphed into depression. Depression often affects how you feel, think, and behave, which can lead to many emotional and physical problems.
Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. 16 million adults experience a major depressive episode in the past year. Depression is incredibly common in New York City. More than 500,000 New Yorkers are estimated to suffer from depression.
A depression therapist can support you in regaining clarity and awareness and empower you to treat your depression and enjoy life again.
COMMON SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS OF DEPRESSION
Depression is associated with mental, physical and behavioral effects. People who are depressed may experience the following:
- Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Anxiety, agitation, or restlessness
- Lethargy, fatigue or loss of energy
- Apathy, disconnectedness, or loss of interest in activities
- Lack of motivation
- Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
- Lack of pleasure
- Hypersomnia or increased need for sleep
- Weight loss or weight gain not due to dieting or exercise
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Angry outbursts, irritability, or frustration over small matters
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or self-injurious behaviors (e.g. cutting)
- Social isolation
LEARN COPING SKILLS WITH DEPRESSION THERAPY
One of the great challenges of depression therapy is that to get out of it requires engaging in activities that while depressed will likely feel impossible. It takes a tremendous dose of perseverance to get moving when we feel apathy and low energy.
During the course of therapy, you’ll learn skills to manage your depression. You will learn to disengage from negative thoughts and treat them as information, rather than absolute truths, so they have less influence over your behavior. Depression is often associated with seeing things from a dark perspective. We develop a negative bias towards our own lives. When we feel worthless, useless, or unlovable, we pay attention to cues that confirm those feelings to the detriment of all other cues. This skewed perspective often reinforces feelings of sadness and prolong the depression. Recognizing those blind spots where our perspective is darker than reality calls for is a big step toward living a healthier life.
As part of depression therapy, you will learn coping skills to help you withstand your triggers – when the feelings associated with depression are at their apex. You will also learn how to become mindful of how others affect your mood and emotions and what to do about it.
DEPRESSION THERAPY AND MEDICATION
Talk therapy is recognized as the most effective treatment for depression. Antidepressant medication alone has a poor record of utility in fighting depression. Antidepressant accompanied with therapy might be effective for some individuals. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) are medications that can help minimize symptoms of depression and anxiety. Although our talk therapists do not prescribe medication, they might refer you to a psychiatrist if they believe you might benefit from using antidepressant medication.
TOP-RATED DEPRESSION THERAPY IN NEW YORK
Choosing the right psychotherapist can be an overwhelming challenge, which is why we strive to make it as easy as possible to find top-rated depression therapists in New York. No matter how intense your feelings of stress and anxiety, Manhattan Mental Health Counseling has many depression therapists available to help. We provide talk therapy for depression and outpatient therapy for depression using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, EMDR and mindfulness-based therapy, among other modalities. Our New York depression counselors are featured below. Our New York depression counselors are featured below.Note that our depression therapists also provide online therapy from the comfort of your home.
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