Depression is so common that many people don’t seek treatment, but clinical depression impacts your life and may lead to suicide, so don’t hesitate to seek help. The medical providers at RobinsPsych in the Bronx, New York and Columbus Circle, NY, offer diverse therapies to relieve depression, including cognitive behavioral therapy, individual and family therapies, and alternative options like meditation.
Depression Q & A
Clinical depression is a serious mood disorder that brings on strong bouts of sadness and a loss of interest in everyday activities. Depression greatly affects your behavior and thinking. If you don’t treat depression suicidal thoughts could develop. Unfortunately, depression was diagnosed in half of all people that have committed suicide.
Clinical depression is more common in women than in men, though when men don’t seek treatment the consequences are more tragic. Men are 4 times more likely to commit suicide than women. Depression is also seen more often in young adults compared to those aged 50 years and over.
There are many factors that bring on depression. Depression often runs in families so genetics does come into play. However, it is also noted that trauma and imbalance in brain chemistry are also known triggers of depression. Other common triggers are drug and alcohol abuse, dealing with chronic pain, anxiety and development disorders.
When should you seek help for depression?
The symptoms of depression are commonly known. To identify if it needs the help of a professional, you or a family member or friend should note how frequently these symptoms occur:
- Changes in sleep (increase or decrease)
- Changes in appetite (over- or under-eating)
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of energy
- Loss of interest or inability to experience pleasure
- Low self esteem
- Feeling sad, empty, hopeless
- Changes in movement such as agitation or pacing the floor
- Physical aches and pains
If it’s identified that you have exhibited signs of depression for 2 weeks or longer, and it is affecting your social life or work, then call RobinsPsych for a consultation.
How does RobinsPsych treat depression?
The medical professionals at RobinsPsych have years of experience and expertise in treating depression. One therapy may work for you, or several may be used at the same time for optimal success. Your doctor may recommend cognitive behavioral therapy, family-focused therapy, interpersonal therapy, light therapy, or brain stimulation. They will also consider alternative options, such as meditation and acupuncture. Call one of our offices in Columbus Circle, New York and at the Hub, Bronx, NY. Or schedule a teletherapy visit.