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We experience depression for a variety of reasons; sometimes depression is a result of ongoing stress or the loss of an important relationship. Past trauma can also cause depression.
Whatever the reason, it is important to understand that depression is among the most treatable disorders.
Depression is more than a sad mood that occurs in response to regular fluctuations in life.
Depression can range from long term experience of dysphoria (a general state of unease or dissatisfaction with life) to more intense episodes in which stronger feelings of sadness are accompanied by physical symptoms and possibly other mental health conditions such as anxiety.
Some Facts About Depression
According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people worldwide are affected by depression. In the United States, an estimated 16.2 million adults suffered from at least one depressive episode in 2016 (National Institute of Mental Health).
Although both men and women experience depression, about twice as many women are diagnosed with depression compared to men. Women are also more likely to experience co-occurring anxiety with depression. If your quality of life is affected by depression or anxiety, it is important to reach out for help.
Every person is unique and has come from a different set of circumstances. In my practice, I tailor my treatment approach to fit the needs of each individual person. Depression can be addressed on many levels as it affects your inner and outer life.
Evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy(CBT), mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy have been shown to be effective in treating depression. I am trained in all of these methods and use them in combination to help you feel better.
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