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A Guide to Everything Depression & Treatment Options

June 27, 2024

Brooklyn woman sitting on a stool in her apartment. Depression treatment can help.

What is depression?

Depression can be a complex, debilitating and pervasive mental health disorder that affects so many of us. Depression goes beyond typical feelings of sadness and affects one’s thoughts, emotions, and physical well-being. Individuals experiencing depression may find it challenging to function in their daily lives, often leading to a diminished quality of life, disconnect from their self and others, and even suicidal thoughts and actions. 

Manhattan woman suffering from depression. Therapy can help.


There can be many different causes of depression, and they often vary from person to person. Biological factors, such as genetics, imbalanced brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), and hormonal changes, can play a significant role. Additionally, life events like trauma, loss, chronic stress, or major transitions can trigger depressive episodes. Social factors, including isolation, lack of social support, or strained relationships, can also make depression worse. In some cases, underlying medical conditions or substance abuse can contribute to depression as well.


The symptoms of depression can manifest in different ways, and again vary from person to person, often making it a challenging condition to diagnose. Common signs you may be depressed include persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities you usually love, changes in sleep patterns (insomnia or excessive sleep), changes in appetite or weight, and difficulty concentrating or making decisions. Physical symptoms like fatigue, aches, and pains may accompany the emotions you feel. 

Manhattan woman sitting on a sofa leaning back with her hands folded over her head. Depression symptoms and treatments can help.


Treatment for depression varies depending on the individual, but the most effective approach often involves a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely-used therapeutic technique that helps individuals challenge negative thought patterns and develop coping strategies. Other forms of therapy, such as interpersonal therapy and psychodynamic therapy, may also be beneficial depending on the individual’s needs. In more severe cases, psychiatrists may prescribe antidepressant medications to help stabilize mood and brain chemistry.

Beyond professional help, social support can be so helpful when feeling depressed. Friends, family, and support groups can offer a vital network of understanding and encouragement. Engaging in regular physical exercise, adopting a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep can contribute to a more stable mental state as well. It can be helpful to avoid alcohol and manage substance use, as they can worsen depressive symptoms.

Brooklyn therapist helping a depressed client understand his symptoms better.

Despite the availability of treatments, societal stigma often surrounds depression, preventing many from seeking help. Misconceptions that depression is a sign of weakness or a character flaw persist. Consequently, individuals may suffer in silence, afraid of judgment or misunderstanding. Raising awareness and promoting open conversations about mental health are crucial steps in reducing stigma and encouraging individuals to seek support without fear of judgment.


Ready to break free from negative thoughts and live the life you’ve always wanted? Start therapy for depression in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or anywhere in New York with Manhattan Wellness. Embrace a transformative journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Get support in creating empowering habits, using positive language, and appreciating your uniqueness. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Contact Manhattan Wellness today or email us at
  2. Schedule your first appointment with one of our Manhattan therapists
  3. Embark on this empowering path to a confident, happier you


Our therapists recognize that discovering your “enough” is a journey. And it can become even more complex when the inner critic interferes, giving rise to additional challenges. We provide a range of services to ensure you receive the essential support, care, and guidance to achieve your goals. Our offerings include specialized support for women, anxiety treatment, and dating therapy. Along with services for college students, maternal mental health, body image therapy, and much more. If you feel dissatisfied with your current life and are seeking meaningful changes, let’s have a conversation about it.

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