Depression symptoms take many forms, and no two people’s experiences are exactly alike. A person who is suffering from depression may not seem sad to others. They may instead complain about how they just “can’t get moving,” or are feeling completely unmotivated to do anything. Even simple things — like getting dressed in the morning or eating at mealtime — become large obstacles in daily life. People around them, such as their friends and family, may notice the change too.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression can often start off as higher levels of anxiety in children. Children may also express depression with increased levels of irritability, anger, opposition, poor frustration tolerance, temper tantrums, regressed behaviors, bed-wetting, poor school performance, conflict with peers, social withdrawal, a change in appetite, and poor sleep.
Note that while anxiety and depression are often correlated, the two are different
Our professional team offers a multi-modal, evidence-based treatment approach to diminish symptoms, alter cognitions, improve physical well-being, and develop adaptive skills to cope with mood and motivation.
Our Approach For Treating Depression: San Diego
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: CBT is a combination of psychotherapy and behavioral therapy which aims at rewiring the thought patterns that affect how people perceive their problems. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is especially useful in treating depression because of its present-focused, time-limited approach.
Positive Psychology: Unlike psychiatry’s traditional focus on mental illness and negative thought patterns, positive psychology focuses on the positive aspects of the human experience that make life worth living. This domain emphasizes on individual and societal well being.
Mindfulness: Techniques of mindfulness are developed through meditation; they involve the acknowledgement of one’s thoughts and experiences occurring in the present moment, without any judgement. Mindfulness is a very powerful tool that can be used to deal with difficult emotions.
Family Therapy: Depression often roots from unresolved family issues and conflicts; Family therapy can help family members improve communication and resolve their differences.
Motivational Interviewing: Motivational Interviewing is a counselling method that helps people to feel motivated to change the behaviors that are holding them back from making healthier choices; this is done by resolving inner conflict and insecurities.
Interpersonal Therapy: Interpersonal Therapy is helpful for people who have been experiencing a downfall in their personal relationships because of their symptoms of depression — its focus lies on improving communication.
Unlike other forms of psychotherapy, Interpersonal Therapy looks at the current reality of your depression by attempting to tackle the immediate troubles that are contributing to its symptoms.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: The word ”dialectical” refers to the logical discussion of contradictory ideas and opinions. DBT, or dialectical behavior therapy is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy which is meant to treat severe cases of depression. It focuses heavily on self acceptance and problem solving strategies.