Sadness is a normal feeling that everyone experiences at times in our life. But depression goes deeper than situational depression, say form the loss of a loved one. If find that you’ve lost interest in activities you once enjoyed, have feelings of sadness that are hard to shake, or have a sense of hopelessness, you may be experiencing clinical depression.
Although dealing with depression can feel overwhelming, a counselor like Dr. Nisha can help guide back toward leading the life you want.
Her approach is effective, empathetic and understanding. Dr. Nisha has a proven track record with years of experience helping those with depression improve or eliminate their symptoms and live their best life forward.
Who is Affected by Depression
If you’re experiencing depression, you’re not alone. Seven percent of Americans have at least one major depressive episode each year, and it is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Depression is most common in young adults (ages 18 to 25), and women are twice as likely as men to experience depression.
Types of Depression
There are several types of depression. All can influence your enjoyment of life and your ability to handle daily activities like work and sleep. The types of depression include:
- Major depression disorder (MDD): MDD is marked by at least two weeks of depression.
- Persistent depressive disorder: Persistent depressive disorder is depression that lasts for two years or more.
- Postpartum depression: Postpartum depression occurs during or after pregnancy. It can make it difficult for you to do the daily activities involved in childcare.
- Psychotic depression: Psychotic depression is depression combined with psychosis, including delusional beliefs or hallucinations.
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): SAD occurs during the winter when there is less sunlight.
Causes of Depression
Depression can happen to anyone in any situation. Researchers aren’t sure what causes depression. Some possible factors include:
- Family history
- Brain chemistry
- Low self-esteem
- Other mental health disorders
- Chronic illness
- Substance abuse
The most important thing to remember is that depression is not your fault. It happens to millions of people, and with the assistance of a counselor like Dr. Nisha, you find your way out of depression and resume your daily activities.
How Counseling Can Help
Counseling can help you develop a healthy response to negative and overwhelming thoughts and feelings. A counselor can help you:
- Develop healthy responses to stress
- Adjust to difficulties you’re facing
- Uncover issues that contribute to your depression
- Learn healthy ways to cope with problems
- Learn positive ways to interact with friends and family
- Learn to replace negative behaviors and beliefs with positive ones
Dr. Nisha will work with you to develop a plan that meets your individual needs.
Types of Counseling
The best type of counseling to treat your depression depends on your situation and needs. Some common types of therapy include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This type of therapy looks at negative thought patterns and how they impact your behavior.
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): DBT is a type of CBT that incorporates mindfulness into your therapy. It also focuses on improving your relationships.
- Psychodynamic therapy: Psychodynamic therapy looks into unresolved issues from earlier in your life and teaches you to sit with those feelings.
- Interpersonal therapy: Interpersonal therapy looks at your past and present relationships and focuses on ways to resolve your current problems.
Reach out for Help Today
If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, Dr. Nisha can help. She will work with you to find the best therapeutic approach for your situation and help you both uncover and resolve underlying issues, be they from life experiences or chemical imbalances.
Contact Dr. Nisha to get started, and take the first step down a road to a healthier, brighter future today.