Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States affecting close to 7% of the adult population. Depression is a feeling of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness. Depression must be taken seriously. Depression can be a situational passing mood or it can be a lifelong battle. It affects your behavior, thoughts, and relationships. Depression can feel overwhelming and overpowering. Major depression is difficult to live with in Los Angeles. The hectic pace of the city sometimes adds to the feeling of despair and sadness
Symptoms of Depression
If you are depressed, you may feel sad, unhappy, anxious, angry, troubled, empty, distracted, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, frustrated or agitated. You may cry for no reason and have regular thoughts about death, dying or suicide. Many people with depression also have physical symptoms such as aches and pains, loss of appetite or overeating, insomnia or excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, and digestive problems.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away (Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255).
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression and it is often difficult to figure out which causes triggered a depression.
One of the causes of depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Three important neurotransmitters in the brain are norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. These neurotransmitters must be in a state of balance. If the chemicals are imbalanced it is believed that depression can set in. These chemical imbalances could be passed on genetically, but you can also have family members that have suffered from depression without developing depression yourself.
There are situations that can trigger depression such as grief and loss, the breakup of a relationship, adjusting to a life change like having a baby, or moving to a new city or country. Early childhood trauma or neglect can also precipitate the development of depression. There are many things that could lead to depressed feelings.
Treatments for Depression
I treat depression through talk therapy. We will gain insight into when your depression started and why it possibly began. Together we will start to develop a deep understanding of the sadness and study it together. I will guide you through an exploration of your family and relationship history to get a better grasp on intimacy and the attachment patterns in your life. Your thoughts and behaviors will be discussed and new perspectives will be presented to you that are more positive and healthy.
Depression can also be partially treated with anti-depressant medication, but that is not something that I can prescribe. You would have to see a medical doctor, psychiatrist, or mental health nurse practitioner in order to receive medication management. We can work together to decide whether you should seek that additional form of treatment.
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Rena Pollak, LMFT | Calabasas, CA 91302 | Encino, CA 91436 | 818-245-5298