Depression is a condition that casts darkness over your life, taking away every pleasure and seemingly replacing it with despair. Kristie Tse, MA, LMHC, NCC, and the caring and compassionate mental health specialists at Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC in Midtown, Manhattan, provide counseling services for people experiencing depression. They also care for patients who have other mental health disorders, like anxiety. Call the New York City office to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online today.
Depression, also called major depressive disorder (MDD), is a condition that is endlessly painful and engulfs your being. Depression takes away life’s joy, reduces your confidence, robs you of energy, disrupts your appetite, destroys your goals, and wipes away focus and logical thought in one powerful sweep.
Depression is a lifelong battle for many people. For others, it might be a response to a challenging, life-altering situation like divorce or bereavement. Seasonal changes and the loss of daylight can bring on depression (seasonal affective disorder), and many women experience depression after having a baby (postpartum depression). Some people who have depression also have an anxiety disorder.
Many people who have depression resist seeking treatment because they’re ashamed of the way they feel or don’t understand they have a treatable illness.
Depression can take over your life, making it impossible to work or even function normally. Severely depressed people can feel driven to self-harm and suicide if they don’t receive appropriate treatment.
Depression makes every day feel like one where the skies are gray, and your mood is blue, despite all the rewarding aspects of your life. Typical emotions you might feel when you have depression include:
Your thoughts get hijacked by depression, so it can be impossible to see the world around you as it is. Instead, everything is seen and experienced through the filter of your depression, which distorts everything and turns each day into a battle you must endure.
Counseling is vital in treating depression. Your depression might be due to an identifiable event or experience that talk therapy can help you come to terms with. Even if your depression has no identifiable trigger and is related to a brain chemistry imbalance, counseling can help rebalance the chemicals in your brain.
Medications can also rebalance brain chemicals, increasing the feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine. A combination of counseling and medication often works best for moderate to severe depression.
Your provider might also suggest lifestyle modifications like practicing meditation, yoga, or engaging in regular exercise to help alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
With help from the team at Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC, you can live a fulfilling life even if you have depression. Call the office or request an appointment online today.