Depression Treatment

Medication, talk therapies and healthy lifestyle changes are effective as a combined approach to depression therapy. Medication relieves the symptoms of depression while treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, and interpersonal therapy gives you the practical skills and insight needed to work through mental and emotional challenges.

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Purpose of treatment for depression

The purpose of treatment for depression is to overcome your symptoms where they are not as severe or debilitating or no longer occur. Together with your mental health provider, you will define long and short-term objectives for treatment. Returning to a condition where you feel upbeat, self-assured, and capable of a regular level of functioning is a typical goal for many patients.

Depression is treated using a variety of strategies, including the use of antidepressant drugs, talk therapies and changes to unhealthy habits. The patient is continually monitored to assess the effectiveness of treatment. The mental health professional will use the results to determine the ongoing treatment that may include adjustments to ensure you are getting the optimal type of therapy.

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Types of depression we manage


Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder is a type of clinical depression that impacts the way you feel, think, and function in daily activities. Symptoms include a persistent melancholy approach to life, low self-esteem, and a lack of interest in once pleasurable activities.

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Persistent Depressive Disorder

Persistent Depressive Disorder is a chronic form of depression where you are disinterested in everyday activities, experience hopelessness, have low self-esteem, and behave unproductively. Although people with this disorder typically experience fewer symptoms than patients with Major Depressive Disorder, their symptoms can last for years.

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Psychotic Depression

Psychotic Depression involves a degree of psychosis, which includes visual or auditory hallucinations that reinforce feelings of failure, unworthiness, or impiety. Having a disassociation from reality may require hospitalization as this condition carries a higher risk of suicide or developing mania.

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Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression

Peripartum depression develops during pregnancy or after childbirth. Changes in energy, sleep, and appetite frequently occur along with intense melancholic emotions, apathy, and anxiety. More serious mental health problems could develop if left untreated, thus putting both the mother and child at risk.

Your Local Psychiatrist advantages and experience in depression management and treatment

With decades of experience and specialization in depression management, the Your Local Psychiatrist NYC team are skilled in identifying the most effective treatment that promotes a better quality of life. Through dedication and compassion, the team of psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses undertake comprehensive assessments and continuous monitoring of our patients who suffer from any form of depression.

  • Board Certified and highly experienced providers
  • Individual approach to patients
  • Easy-to-access online psychiatry and psychotherapy services
  • Electronic prescriptions
  • Portal access to your providers and appointments
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Depression management methodology

Symptoms of a mental illness manifest from irregular activity in different parts of the brain. It adversely affects how you feel, think, and act, and occurs for many different reasons. Because treating both the symptoms and the underlying cause is essential for recovery, techniques can control symptoms by interrupting destructive thoughts to achieve balance and optimism.

When a mental health professional consistently applies depression management techniques such as psychotherapy and medication management, it helps galvanize and elevate the disposition of a depressed brain.

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FAQs about depression management

How many therapy sessions for depression do I need?

The number of therapy sessions primarily depends on the severity of symptoms and treatment needed for optimal results. A minimum of 6–8 sessions would be a good measure to determine if ongoing therapy sessions are required.

Is therapy or medication better for depression?

When medication management and psychotherapy are combined, it is more effective than only having one or the other. While not all conditions may require medication, it is commonly integrated into treatment for many mental disorders.

What to expect in therapy for depression?

You and your psychiatrist will establish goals for therapy in order to develop a treatment plan. During sessions, you will participate in one-to-one and/or group talk therapies while the therapist monitors your progress and gets to know you.

When to stop therapy for depression?

The ideal time to stop therapy is when all objectives are achieved. Some goals are short-term, while others are more long-term for other mental illnesses.

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