Adult Depression Therapy
Adult Depression Therapy

Adult Depression Therapy

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Depression is a condition that may start with a feeling of sadness and despair and escalate to an almost intolerable level when you find yourself unable to get a restful sleep, concentrate, or make every day decisions. It could leave you feeling hopeless and helpless, and lead to crying spells that may not even have clear triggers.

Depression, like any other mental conditions, work on a continuum, meaning that at a low manageable level it may be experienced by a majority of people. However, treatment becomes absolutely necessary if the symptoms are experienced at a higher degree when every day functioning is difficult or impaired. Here are some symptoms of depression:

Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook – nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
Loss of interest in daily activities. No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain – a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).
Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.

One thing for sure; depression is a treatable condition! The sooner you seek help, the better, since the consequences of no treatments could be worsening of symptoms and even suicidal thoughts or attempts. The most successful treatments are usually cognitive behavioral therapy, which is one of the modalities we use in our practice.

We are also credentialed in using other effective modalities such as interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy, Gestalt, drama therapy,behavioral therapy, and other well-known models, depending on the needs and the issues we are dealing with. The most important thing is to take the first step and seek treatment. Let’s get you back to your functioning, hopeful, and happy self moving forward.

 

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More About ...... Dr. Banafsheh Pezeshk, Psy.D. , QME

Dr. Banafsheh Pezeshk is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Med-Legal Psychology Evaluator specializing in disability evaluations, medical evaluations, Fit For Duty evaluations, treating traumas, addiction, mood disorders, and other mental health conditions and concerns.

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Define your goals. Think about what you would like to get out of counseling. It might be helpful to write a list of events, relationship issues, or feelings that you think are contributing to your distress

Be an active participant. This is your counseling experience, so be as active as you can in deciding how to use the time. Be honest with the counselor and give her or him feedback about how you see the sessions progressing.

Be patient with yourself. Growth takes time, effort, and patience. All of your coping skills, behavior patterns, and self-perceptions have been learned and reinforced over a long period of time, so change can be difficult and slow at times.

Follow your counselor's recommendations. Take the time between sessions to complete any activities suggested by your counselor. Counseling is intended to improve your life in the "real world," so making efforts to try out and practice new behaviors, approaches, or ways of thinking could be a crucial element to the success of your counseling experience..
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