About 16.2 million adults in the United States have had at least one major depressive episode.
Women experience depression twice as often as men.
Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. Depression can impair your ability to carry out daily activities or participate in life activities. Depression is often caused by a combination of biological, psychological or social sources. We can help improve on all of these areas.
Do you have feelings of sadness or emptiness and hopelessness? Do you have unexplained bouts of crying? Do you have a lack of energy? Do you have irregular sleep? Insomnia or sleeping the day away? Do you have a loss of interest of your normal activities like your hobbies or spending time with friends? Do you have frequent or recurrent thoughts of suicide or death? Do you have unexplained aches or pains?
Depression manifests differently in each person with a range of symptoms and degree of severity of those symptoms. Depression may require long-term treatment. However, up to 80% of those with depression see improvements in 4-6 weeks of starting treatment. You may find one treatment that works very well for you, but it’s common to combine multiple treatments. We will work with you to help decide on the best treatment that will be optimal for you.
You may find one treatment that works very well for you, but it’s common to combine multiple treatments. We will work with you to help decide on the best treatment that will be optimal for you.
Having an accurate, meaningful diagnosis can be reassuring and give a better understanding on how to move forward with treatment. Depression can often coexist with other disorders. More than 50% of those who experience a depressive episode also have anxiety and vice versa. Depression can also be caused by learning difficulties. Our staff have over a decade of experience and can help you understand all aspects of your depression. Starting with a comprehensive assessment will guarantee the best approach to gather all necessary information and recommend accurate and effective treatments.
Medications for depression can help ease symptoms, but these effects are often temporary and can cause unwanted side effects. Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are designed to increase your coping skills for your current and future situations. Neurofeedback is an all-natural approach that makes lasting changes at the source of your anxiety: your brain’s imbalanced brainwaves. We can use neurofeedback to train your brain back to a balanced environment depending on your personal brain map. For some clients, traditional methods have not been as effective as they should, but neurofeedback can help ease symptoms so that those methods are more effective.
Biofeedback is a great tool we can use to teach self-regulation of your body’s autonomic responses to improve mental health. These responses are involuntary and can include muscle tension, blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate. Often, those suffering from depression are breathing too slowly or shallowly. Biofeedback can help you learn to control your body’s responses, leaving you feeling physically better which will lead you to feel mentally better and better able to complete daily activities.
treatment: light therapy
Light therapy is another evidence-based approach to improve depression symptoms. Light therapy has commonly been used for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) (occurs usually during fall or winter) and other types of depression. On a cellular level, light therapy improves cellular function and boosts ATP production. This can increase energy and improve mood.
We offer psychotherapy and other forms of therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy, which can allow clients to build a supportive, caring relationship with one of our many psychologists. Together, you can work through any difficulties and learn better tools on how to interact and communicate with others, staying calm, and being more flexible. We also offer family therapy and parent coaching, which can help your family better communicate with your child.