What is depression?
It is normal to feel sad or get the blues from time-to time. If you feel persistently sad, especially if there is no specific event you can pinpoint as the cause, you may want to take a deeper look. When your blue feelings interfere with your ability to do the things you used to enjoy and lead you to feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of suicide, depression may be the culprit. It is estimated that more than 16 million adults in the U.S. suffer from depression.
Some of the key indicators of depression include experiencing the following for a two week period:
- Sleep problems (oversleeping or trouble sleeping)
- Changes in appetite (increase or decrease), significant unintentional weight loss
- Restlessness, inability to focus or concentrate, or indecisiveness
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
While only a behavioral health professional can diagnose depression, there are a number of self-screening tools available that can give you an idea of whether or not you should seek treatment. If you suffer from depression, your overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and pessimism may have probably brought you here to seek help.
Want to try a self-screening tool?
PsychCentral also has a Depression Screening Test
How is depression treated?
Treatment options that work for my clients are:
- Talk therapy
- Psychotherapy with a biopsychosocial approach that considers the biological, psychological, and social factors
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Introduction of coping strategies and self-talk
I also make recommendations for alternative mindfulness therapies like yoga and meditation.
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I am currently accepting new patients. To schedule a consultation or your first appointment, you can call my office at 504-481-899 or click here to request an appointment online.
If you have had suicidal thoughts, you can speak with someone any time of day at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.