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Find Therapy for Depression in New York City, NY

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Various types of depression affect millions of people in the United States. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) distinguishes between eight different depressive conditions. Some of the most prevalent types of depression include postpartum depression, major depression (also known as clinical depression), and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Postpartum depression is a severe form of depression, in contrast to the commonly used term "baby blues," and affects some mothers a few days after delivery. Postpartum depression symptoms are more intense and last longer than the baby blues. Signs of depression in new mothers may include:

There are many factors that may contribute to the onset of depression, postpartum or otherwise, such as having a family history of depression, experiencing bipolar issues, or enduring highly stressful or traumatic experiences. There is no one specific cause of depression that has been clearly identified by mental health professionals. Additionally, according to Mental Health America, depression commonly co-occurs with chronic illness such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It may also be hidden among symptoms of other health conditions, which often results in treating only the symptoms of depression and not the actual condition. Health conditions can physiologically contribute to depression, or depression can occur as a reaction to the health condition.

Many who experience depression seek treatment from their primary care physician rather than a mental health professional. In New York, therapists offer various forms of psychotherapy for depression treatment. Psychiatrists and physicians may also recommend and prescribe antidepressant medications, which may help to relieve persistent symptoms of depression. In most cases, the American Psychological Association recommends psychotherapy in addition to treatment with psychotropic medication.

References:

  1. Anxiety and Depression Association of America. (n.d.). DSM-5: Changes to the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. Retrieved from http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/DSM-5-changes
  2. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
  3. Mayo Clinic. (2015). Postpartum depression. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postpartum-depression/basics/definition/con-20029130
  4. Mental Health America. (n.d.). Co-occurring disorders and depression. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/co-occurring-disorders-and-depression