Depression can and should be treated
When no one understands what you’re going through or how to help, depression treatment can change your life.
Depression can and should be treated
When no one understands what you’re going through or how to help, treating your depression can change your life.
What we can help with
Enjoying life again
1 in 5 people experience depression during their lifetime. Unfortunately most people wait an average of 11 years before they actually seek treatment. But you don’t need to wait it out – you can get help now because treatment works. 80-90% percent of people with depression eventually respond to treatment.
What depression treatment helps with
Enjoying life again
Depression treatment works
1 in 5 people experience depression during their lifetime. Unfortunately, most people wait an average of 11 years before they actually seek treatment. But you don’t need to wait it out – you can get help now because treatment works. 80-90% percent of people with depression eventually respond to treatment.
FAQs about depression & depression treatment
Doesn’t everyone get sad?
All of us feel sad or low at some points in our lives. And having passing, brief feelings like these doesn’t mean someone is depressed. Normal emotions are those that don’t control us. For those who do not have depression, you may feel sad, but it doesn’t last too long and it doesn’t interfere with your life. On the other hand, depression is a state where not only does someone feel sad, or empty, or mad, but the person also experiences a lot of other symptoms at the same time. These symptoms may include having low energy, feeling excessively guilty, not enjoying things they normally would, poor concentration, and changes in appetite or sleep. When even a few of these symptoms happen together, your feelings begin to change your thought patterns and your behaviors in unhelpful ways. That is what makes depression different from experiencing everyday emotions like sadness.
Does depression affect everyone similarly?
Not at all. One person with depression may have some overlap with another person’s symptoms, but it can look very different in different people. Some people get sad, others feel empty or mad. And some people feel extremely anxious, while others feel like they don’t worry as much because they feel so low. Sometimes sleep or eat too much, while others too little. And some people have thoughts of suicide (thoughts don’t necessarily mean someone intends to do it though). The constellation of symptoms in each person can be very different, and they can come out in very different ways.
How long does depression last?
By definition, a depressive episode lasts at least two weeks. But typically, it can continue for a few months to a couple of years. However, some people experience symptoms of depression, but their symptoms don’t rise to the definition of a depressive episode. In these cases, the person’s symptoms may not be consistent daily, but they can come and go. Just because they come and go and aren’t a full episode doesn’t mean the symptoms still are not affecting someone’s life in profound ways. So catching and treating these symptoms early can be life-changing.
Is depression treatable?
Yes! Acknowledging that you’re experiencing depression is the first step. Then, you can work with a depression therapist to figure out what are the different factors that are making it better or worse. Next, you make a plan with small steps to start tackling it. Everyone can begin to take some steps, and the more steps you take, the further you can get in moving past it.
How long does it take to treat depression?
Usually, it will take a few months to get a full positive effect, but a number of people begin to feel significantly better within 2 to 4 weeks. Improvement doesn’t happen overnight, but rather as a person gets better, they will gradually notice that their symptoms are less frequent or less intense. In some cases of more chronic depression, it might take much longer to treat, but over time, there will be noticeable improvements.
Will I need to take medicine?
Most people that experience mild or moderate depression can improve with a number of lifestyle changes and therapy. Some of these people will still choose to add medicine to their treatment plan and it may help them get better even faster. For others with more severe symptoms that are really interfering significantly in their lives, like with work or relationships, it often makes sense to start a medicine first, as treatment and lifestyle changes alone may not be enough. Even when someone takes medicine and it helps significantly, it’s often still not enough by itself and needs to be combined with other strategies.
Will I need to be on medication forever?
It’s usually recommended to take a medicine for depression for one year after you’ve recovered so that you stay well and have less of a chance of falling back into a depressive episode. After one year, you would begin a medically supervised taper off the medicine that typically could take a few months to fully be off. Some people choose to discontinue medicine earlier than the one-year mark and others choose to keep it on preventatively.
Do mood swings happen in bipolar disorder or depression?
Mood swings happen in both bipolar disorder and depression. Bipolar disorder is known to be defined by “highs” and “lows” that a person “cycles” through at various time points. With a depressive episode, a person is consistently in a “low” state. This is such a simplistic definition though, that it often doesn’t apply to most people. Like most things, people don’t easily fit into boxes.
Most people with depression experience “mood swings” too, like periods of high anxiety or irritability. Their low moods could be punctuated by short periods of feeling particularly good. This doesn’t mean it’s not depression, but rather that it doesn’t present in just one way. When mood swings during a depressive episode are particularly severe though, this could mean that the disorder is more like a bipolar depression.
Why does my brain feel slower?
Depression isn’t just about feelings and behavior, but its strongest effects are on our brains. So, it predominantly affects our cognition, the way our brain perceives, emits, functions, and processes. When these areas are affected, it makes sense that we may feel “slowed” or “not as sharp.” Many people feel that their memory is worse, or that they just can’t focus anymore. Others describe persistent brain fog. Luckily, all these symptoms improve with depression treatment.
Get started with depression treatment in New York City today!
One of our skilled depression therapists is ready to meet you when you’re ready to begin. The team at our practice located in New York City provides an array of services to meet your mental health needs. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or ADHD, you’ve come to the right place. Schedule a visit or an intro call with us to help you figure out the right fit for your treatment.