Let’s be honest… Life can be tough sometimes. When people start feeling overwhelmed many day to day activities can become dreadful to almost impossible. Depressive Disorder, more commonly referred to as simply Depression is more than just a feeling of sadness. It is a medical condition that can be the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain or a reaction to a stressful major life event. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimated that 16.1 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2015.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression can present with different symptoms, depending on the person. For most depressive disorder changes how they function day-to-day, and typically for more than two weeks. Common symptoms may include:
- Change in sleep
- Change in appetite
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of energy
- Lack of interest in activities that once brought you joy/pleasure
- Hopelessness, worthlessness and inappropriate guilt
- Physical aches and pains
- Suicidal thoughts
Approach to Treatment for Depression
Psychotherapy “Talk Therapy” has a high rate of efficacy for the treatment of depression. During your meeting with Keisha, we will look at what other treatment modalities might be beneficial to your healing from depression. Various treatment support may include a referral for medication management, lifestyle management or support group. Depression can be a symptom of other issues and Keisha will work with you to reconcile the cause of the issue and to create transformation. While working with clients who are dealing with Depression, Keisha utilizes a relational approach to treatment. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness counseling techniques are utilized during sessions.