Therapy for Depression
Newport Beach, California
Newport Beach, California
Do you feel lonely? Tired? Cranky? Sad or tearful? Restless? Lost? Hopeless? Many adults in the United States, particularly here in California, struggle with symptoms of depression. The stress of managing one’s family, work, finances, social life, and health can be overwhelming, particularly when we do not have support.
Depression is incredibly common, and the symptoms tend to be easy to identify. Here are some of the most prevalent warning signs of depression in adulthood:
Persistent sadness or irritability
Change in sleep or appetite
Thoughts about self-harm
Loss of energy
Loss of interest
If you have experienced any of these feelings, you are not alone. The team at The OC Psychology Center for Assessment and Psychotherapy understands how debilitating depression can be, and we want to help you move forward with your life. We provide evidence-based psychological testing and treatment options for adults and their families to accurately diagnose depression, treat symptoms, and optimize health outcomes.
The OC Psychology team conceptualizes symptoms of depression as being created through a cycle we refer to as the Depression Spiral:
The Depression Spiral is a process that both causes and worsens depressive symptoms over time. Often, the spiral begins with some sort of major stressor. Some examples of major stressors for adults might include financial problems, keeping family members happy, school performance, or loss of a loved one. The stressor induces an emotional response, such as feelings of hurt, sadness, fear, worry, or anger. The human brain is hard-wired to learn from emotional experiences in ways that keep us alive and safe, which means that a stress-induced emotional response can release neurohormones that numb pain and increase awareness to keep our body prepared to address the stress. Adults are particularly at-risk for the physical consequences of depressive symptoms, which can also contribute to high blood pressure, obesity, and other health concerns (see Danese et al, 2009).
The release of these neurohormones can also induce physiological changes that, over time, can become chronic depressive symptoms such as sluggishness, persistent sadness or feeling down, and thoughts of suicide. These new symptoms affect behavior, resulting in isolating oneself, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, and difficulty at work or school. These changes often lead to more stressors, particularly when we become more isolated from others.
Fortunately, the Depression Spiral can be stopped. Clinical psychologists are trained to help adults just like you overcome symptoms of depression by addressing the cycle of stress and emotional discord through empathic listening, insight building and awareness, and realistic behavioral changes. Our team of mental health professionals is determined to help you find solutions to your health. If you or a loved one struggle with symptoms of depression, contact OC Psychology Center for Assessment and Therapy today to schedule your first appointment.
Our mission is to help people just like you find answers and solutions through assessment (testing and diagnosis) and psychotherapy (treatment) services. To read more about our assessment services, check out our other pages on psychological testing and diagnosis. To learn more about what treatment for depression looks like in our clinic, read on!
Fortunately, depression is very treatable! Our process for helping adults work through their depression utilizes top-of-the-line services to expedite your wellbeing and get you back on track.
The first step in treatment requires an accurate diagnosis through evidence-based assessment. Additionally, if symptoms of self-harm or suicidality are present we will complete a safety plan together to help keep you safe and healthy during the treatment process. Once a depression diagnosis has been identified, the highest standard of treatment involves psychotherapy or counseling services (Cuijpers et al, 2012), although some adults may benefit from consultation regarding medication with their prescribing physician. To read more about what psychotherapy looks like with adults, check out our page on Therapy for Adults!
Set meaningful goals
Prioritize your values
Take care of yourself
Feel normal and healthy
Reduce negative thoughts
Be physically active
Identify problematic ways of thinking
Explore your unique psychological self
Have energy and purpose
We offer cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression. We teach a variety of strategies to help our patients overcome depression including how to notice and manage situations that activate depression, how to catch and correct negative thinking, how to manage relationship stressors and skills for taking action to enjoy life.
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