Depression Therapy NYC
Restoring Hope and Purpose
Depression can happen to anyone, anytime.
You might become depressed after a major loss—the death of a loved one, a change in careers, or the end of a relationship. Depression might show up seasonally, at certain phases of life, and as we age and grow. Depression can even happen “out of the blue” for no obvious reason at all. Are you feeling helpless, tired, and unmotivated? Have you suddenly lost interest in things or activities that used to bring you joy? Are you lacking direction or questioning your self-worth? If you are undergoing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from depression. No matter how long you or your loved one have felt this way, there is hope. Depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the United States. With the right support and care, depression is also very treatable. Depression therapy can help you steer your life along these challenging waves to restore your sense of joy, hope, and purpose. You don’t have to do this alone.
About Depression Therapy NYC
Madison Park Psychological Services is devoted to serving the NYC community through depression therapy and many other psychotherapy and treatment specializations. Our goal is to provide a safe environment and professional guidance so you can achieve balance at the Body-Mind-Spirit level. We work with diverse populations across various cultures, religions, and ages to offer a tailored treatment for sustainable results. If you or your loved one are navigating depression, we are here for you. Contact us for more information or keep reading to learn about depression therapy and what it looks like here at Madison Park Psychological Services.
What Is Depression Therapy?
Depression is a mood disorder that can happen at any stage in life but typically happens during adulthood. Some people might confuse depression with common symptoms like irritability, fatigue, or even laziness and may not ask for help assuming it can “go away.” Suffering from depression means so much more than being sad, having a bad day, or a rough week. Depressive symptoms may affect your thoughts, body, emotions, and social interactions to the core. People with depression may also feel an impact on their daily functions to the point where working, studying, or performing regular tasks becomes too difficult to handle. You can’t just “snap out” of depression. Depending upon your symptoms, you may benefit from short-term or long-term treatment to start feeling better.
Depression therapy is an effective line of psychotherapy or “talk therapy” for symptoms of depression, as it can help you:
- Open up, feel heard and understood
- Explore your thoughts and emotions
- Shift harmful habits and mindsets into healthier alternatives
- Deepen current relationships and form new connections
- Recover your self-worth
- Practice self-compassion and curiosity
- Find meaning and purpose to achieve your goals
Do I Need Depression Therapy?
Some people experience depression after a life-altering event like the loss of a loved one, a layoff, or a divorce. Others become depressed due to significant injuries or medical illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, chronic pain, or heart disease. Specific medications can also have side effects that contribute to depression symptoms.
You may be at risk of depression if you:
- Experience trauma, chronic stress, or major life changes
- Suffer from other severe medical conditions
- Make drastic modifications to your diet or medication
- Already experienced depression or have a family history of depression
Some of the most common symptoms of depression include:
Depression does not impact everyone the same way and can manifest differently depending upon your age.
- In children, depression signs are typically irritability, clinginess, restlessness, not wanting to go to school, and pretending to be sick or in pain.
- In teens, depression symptoms may include sadness, moodiness, worthlessness, frustration, low school performance or attendance, withdrawal from others, sleeping too much, and changes in appetite.
- In adults, depression may present as anger, irritability, deep sadness, sleep issues, negative thoughts or self-criticism, isolation, low sex drive, loss of interest in things that were enjoyable, and unintentional weight changes.
- In elders, depression may show up as grief, sadness, memory or cognitive issues, and sometimes a lack of emotions versus a depressed state.
Some people also experience anxiety symptoms when they are depressed, even to the point of having panic attacks. Regardless of your particular risk factors or signs associated with depression, the sooner we treat it, the more effective treatment can be. We are here to support you or your loved one in rediscovering what it’s like to live a meaningful life.
How Can I Support a Loved One Who Is Struggling With Depression?
The fact that you are here reading this means you are already taking action to help your loved one. If you suspect your partner, child, family member, or friend is struggling with depression, the first step is to learn about this mood disorder and notice the signs. If your loved one is experiencing some of the common symptoms listed above, then there’s a chance they are suffering from depression and may not even be aware of it yet. Talk to them about seeking help from a licensed mental health professional so they can start treatment as soon as possible. Do not pressure them. Be patient, encouraging, and understanding. Check in before and after their therapy appointments and provide support with transportation if needed. Take them out for a walk or other activities they may enjoy, and make sure they know you are there for them. If your loved one makes comments about self-harm or suicide, contact their therapist or primary care physician. For an immediate emergency, call 911, take them to the hospital or the emergency room right away. If you see the red flags, do not wait. Help your loved one get the support they need to ease depression symptoms and start healing.
What Is the Goal of Depression Therapy?
Depression often triggers behaviors and decisions that may make symptoms worse, turning into a dangerous cycle. For example, if you lack energy, you may stop caring for yourself, putting aside work or exercise, and avoiding your loved ones. These actions can deepen your lack of motivation, loneliness, and self-criticism, thus strengthening that loop. With time, the cycle can translate into consistent unhealthy patterns. You may opt for harmful or ineffective ways to avoid feeling depressed such as drinking or binge eating. But instead of finding ease, you might end up feeling trapped and struggle to find a clear way out. The goal of depression therapy is to empower you to step out of this spiral. We can help you peel off the layers of your suffering, reconnect with joy, and find healthier mechanisms to move forward. There is a path toward your well-being, and we’d love to walk it with you.
Depression Therapy NYC: Our Services
Here at Madison Park Psychological Services, we leverage our caring team, 10+ years of experience, and holistic approach to support teens, adults, and elders living in NYC. We provide depression therapy and other treatment options customized to your unique life story. Our psychologists follow many therapy orientations, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness-based Therapy, and many others. During your first consult, we will talk about your symptoms and wellness goals and answer any questions you may have for us. We will collaborate with you to select the therapist and modality that best suits your needs and plan the next steps for treatment. Keep in mind you can opt for in-person or teletherapy sessions, depending upon what works for you.
Book an Appointment for Depression Therapy Today!
Seeking help is not easy, but treating depression will allow you to tap into the compassion, direction, and opportunities you deserve. If you or your loved one are navigating depression, we are here to help. Let’s work together to lay a foundation for a fulfilling life. To get started, schedule an appointment or call us at 212-506-5935. We look forward to hearing from you.