The rates of depression are at an all-time high, and according to studies the melancholic malady is to be found more among teenagers and adolescents than in adults. That is not to say that adults are completely exempt from depression or anxiety, for they’re just as vulnerable and just as dismissive about their dispositions.
How to Tell if a Person has Depression
It always begins with a feeling that something is not quite right—with your life or with someone else’s. There’s a deep sense of despair which engulfs one’s senses as the movement away from friends and loved ones picks speed, gradually widening a gulf which makes conversation impossible. Eventually, a person finds it hard to talk to another and indeed hard to do much else. There’s no longer any motivation felt to get something done, and life reaches a painful standstill.
All of this can be easily indicated if you find in you or someone you know many or all of the following symptoms:
A prevailing sense of helplessness
- Loss of hope
- Changes in appetite: you either begin eating too much or too little
- Your sleep pattern changes: you either begin to sleep too much or not sleep at all
- You feel an indescribable anger all the time
- You feel like everything irritates you
- You begin to self-loathe and wallow in self-pity
- You begin engaging in reckless and rash behavior, without much cause to care about your own safety or that of others.
All or many of these symptoms, if present in a person, should be enough to send alarm bells ringing. While these aren’t the only indicators of something being off at hand, they most certainly are the major clues to a melancholic disposition.
While most people tend to put off going to the therapist (or going to anyone to seek help, for that matter), it is best not to delay once you’ve realized that you might be depressed or suffering from self-esteem issues. Talk to a loved one, confront the issue yourself, and try to do something that relaxes you. But above all, see someone who can provide professional help in the matter.
Why Visit a Psychotherapist?
Visiting a psychotherapist is the best possible idea if you want to treat your depression to manage it in the long term. The reason why a psychotherapist will help far more than a self-prescribed medication (which is almost always a bad idea) is because a psychotherapist won’t just try to understand what you’re feeling—but instead will try to understand why you’re feeling it.
Once the root cause of the problem is known, the therapist will help you to come to terms with whatever is troubling you and will help you to gradually overcome it. It’s a step-by-step process which requires trust, rapport, comfort, understanding, and a good deal of knowledge about the human psyche. A therapist evaluates and tracks your mood to pinpoint just where it is that the problem lies and then works on helping you resolve it.
By involving a person who has helped many similar people overcome similar issues in the past, who has professional training and expertise in the field, and who is best equipped to understand why you may be depressed, you’re enlisting the right services.
Seek Help froma Qualified Psychotherapist Today
If you’re looking for an experienced and professional psychotherapist in the Manhattan area, then get in touch today with Dr. Charles Strozier. A Professor at The City University of New York, he provides therapy to people who suffer from depression, lack of self-esteem, loss of self-confidence, anxiety, nervousness, inability to cope with bereavement, etc.
Dr. Strozier’s streak of psychotherapy to individuals and groups has been ongoing since 1992, making him a leading figure in the field. Identifying as a psychoanalytic therapist, he engages with his clients on a deeper level, and fosters empathy and rapport. He has helped many adolescents and adults alike get thetherapy they needed.
Give him a call at (646) 493-9451 to schedule an appointment or visit his website for more information.