Therapy for Depression

Therapy for Depression in NYC with Psychologist Dr. June

Depressed in the city of New York? You are not alone. Depression is one of the most common mental health issues, affecting close to 10% American adults each year;  

Depression makes people feel sad, agitated, lose energy and motivation, and causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, affect health, family, and career, and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide;

Depression is highly treatable. Seek psychotherapy from Dr. June to get the professional help and treatment you need.

Signs of depression:

  • Feeling sad, lonely, helpless, hopeless, and “empty” mood;
  • Sleeping too much or too little;
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain;
  • Loss of pleasure and interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex;
  • Agitation and irritability;
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions;
  • Low energy and low motivation;
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Thoughts of suicide or death.

What Causes Depression 

  • The Brain’s Impact. Depression is often considered resulting from a chemical imbalance of the brain, namely neurotransmitters. Too much or too little of such brain chemicals would lead to depression. Certain areas of the brain help to regulate mood, but in some people with depression, the complex 
    brain systems could go awry.
  • Genetic Vulnerability. A family history of depression may increase the risks of developing this illness. Genes could alter our biology in a way that results in depressive mood.
  • Stressful Life Events. Difficult life events can trigger depression, such as divorce, health issues, financial problems, loss of a loved one, unemployment, hormonal change, life transition, violence, abuse, and trauma.
  • Other Factors may contribute to depression as well, especially some medical conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, heart disease, chronic pain, and stroke; Side effects of some medications may also cause depression.

How to Treat Depression

  • The most commonly used treatments are antidepressant medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two.
  • The choice of treatment is based on the severity, persistence, and history of depression.
  • Most people who seek treatment show improvement.
  • Early treatment is more effective and helps prevent the likelihood of serious recurrences.