- Evelyn Aizenberg Psy.D, LMFT
When you're depressed you're more likely to.......
- Feel sad or cry often
- Get irritated frequently
- Have sleeping difficulty. You may sleep too much, have trouble falling asleep, or awaken several times during the night.
- Notice your eating pattern changes by eating less or more than usual
- Feel tired and lack energy.
- Have trouble concentrating or making decisions
- Have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
- Miss out on usual activities such as work or school
- Not enjoy experiences you used to enjoy in the past
- Feel hopeless or helpless.
- Isolate yourself
- Lose interest in sex
- Think about death or you may even entertain thoughts about committing suicide. Thinking about suicide is reason to seek immediate help.
Depression is a complex problem that combines emotional and physical symptoms. If you’re feeling sadness, despair, worthlessness or apathy, you know how painful these symptoms can be and how they can bring on physical symptoms of fatigue, appetite disturbance, insomnia, diminished sex drive and a general feeling of malaise.
When depression has its hold on you, it saps the very energy you need to defeat it. When depression takes over, life can become colorless and joyless, leading to feelings of despair. Unfortunately, the very nature of depression makes it difficult to beat without outside intervention because the mind that created it (yours) often presents the biggest barrier to healing.
However, depression is treatable. Research shows that a combination of psychotherapy and anti-depressants is the best treatment for most people. However, some people prefer to utilize only one of these methods. I recommend you investigate both therapy and medicine in order to determine what works for you.
I would like to have the opportunity to be a partner in your journey for healing. When treating depression, I draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches, adjusting the treatment to the needs and preferences of each client.
How does Depression Treatment Work?
In therapy, we will address the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that fuel your depression. While gaining greater self-awareness and acceptance, you will also come to recognize negative self-talk (blaming oneself, hopelessness), and learn how to gradually transform it into a more supportive self-talk as it occurs. Together, we will address some of the life experiences and beliefs that have led to depressed feelings. These are hidden feelings that often go unnoticed or unknown, until therapeutic exploration that uncovers and heals the previous ways of thinking and feelings occurs. Our work in therapy can also help you to make changes that will alleviate depressed feelings and thoughts by identifying underlying patterns in your thinking that no longer serve you and cause unnecessary pain and distress.
Many therapists use cognitive-behavioral therapy for treating depression. While I do use elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, I do not believe it gives a complete and thorough answer to the needs of depressed people. In fact, studies show that the positive gains made through the exclusive use of cognitive-behavioral therapy are not long lasting. In order to help my clients achieve long term gains, I incorporate elements of psychodynamic - psychoanalytic therapy, attachment theory, and self psychology, depending on the client's personality, deficiency and needs. There is not one thing that works for everyone, and it my experience taught me that being able to draw from a spectrum of different approaches enables me to work successfully with a variety of people.