Depression Treatment & Counseling in Boston and Newton, MA
Depression is one of the most common behavioral health problems today, with over 20 million people suffering from symptoms of depression. Everyone feels sad, blue or down occasionally, but those suffering from depression experience these feelings more intensely and for longer periods of time. They also usually experience other symptoms as well including fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and changes in appetite or sleep patterns.
Although many people think of depression as a single problem, there actually are several forms of depressive disorders including, but not limited to, the following:
Major Depressive Disorder, is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, enjoy once-pleasurable activities, and function normally.
Dysthymic Disorder, is characterized by less severe but more persistent symptoms that occur continuously for two or more years. People with dysthymia may also experience major depression during their lifetimes.
Postpartum Depression, is characterized by a new mother developing a major depressive episode within one month of delivery. Many are surprised to learn that it is not uncommon, occurring in as many as 10 to 15 percent of women after giving birth.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is characterized by the onset of a depressive illness during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. The depression generally lifts during spring and summer. SAD may be effectively treated with light therapy, but nearly half will need additional types of therapy.
Bipolar Disorder, is characterized by dramatic mood swings from overly "high" and/or irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. Severe changes in energy and behavior go along with these changes in mood.
Depression treatment is often most effective when clients receive a combination of counseling and medication treatment. At CPA, we offer an integrated approach to depression treatment that includes counseling and, if necessary, psychopharmacology. Our clinicians are trained in evidence-based psychotherapy and counseling approaches to treating depression, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). They also work closely with our psychopharmacologist, who offers medication treatment for depression.
If you think you may be one of the 20 million people suffering from symptoms of depression, we may be able to help. Call us today or complete our quick and easy Online Intake Form. We offer depression treatment services in Boston and Newton, MA.
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