When you feel depressed it may be hard to pinpoint why you feel so down or to see through your depression and feel optimistic that you will improve. Sometimes people have difficulty distinguishing between everyday “blues” and more severe depression. Depression is not simply occasional unhappiness. Rather, it is a long-term state of severe sadness that interferes with everyday activities and personal interactions. Depression in adolescents and adults often leads to feelings of despair, hopelessness, and worthlessness.
Major depression, or major depressive disorder, is a type of mood disorder where symptoms continue for weeks, months, or longer. Depressive symptoms include disrupted sleep, loss of appetite, irritability and agitation, loss of interest in activities and people once enjoyed, and extreme fatigue. Distressing life events or losses, chemical changes in the brain, and genetics are among the causes of depression. If left untreated symptoms of depression may gradually worsen and lead to withdrawal from loved ones and even thoughts of suicide.
Other mood disorders include mania, bipolar disorder, cyclothymia, postpartum depression, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). When an emotion or mood exists for a sustained period of time and to an unhealthy degree, a mood disorder may be the cause. Dr. Daniel and Dr. Irene Swerdlow-Freed are both skilled in recognizing and treating mood disorders in adolescents and adults. They are sensitive and empathetic to people that are struggling with mood disorders, and their treatment approach helps return people to their previous level of functioning.
At Swerdlow-Freed Psychology, we provide psychotherapy for depression and other mood disorders including:
- Adolescent/teen depression
- Bipolar disorder, bipolar depression, and manic depression
- Clinical depression
- Depression in the elderly
- Dysthymia and chronic depression
- Family counseling and marital therapy to support the family unit
- Major depressive disorder (MDD)
- Mood swings
- Postpartum depression
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)