Depression Specialist

Mental Health Counselor PLLC

Michael John Arnold , LMHC

Licensed Psychotherapist located in Upper West Side & Central Park South, New York, NY

Depression can have far-reaching emotional and physical impacts on a person’s quality of life. For those suffering from depression, the question is often, “How can I get relief?” At Mental Health Counselor PLLC, Michael Arnold, LMHC, has years of experience helping his patients find relief from their symptoms. Call or book online today to schedule your appointment at one of his two New York City locations in the Upper West Side and Central Park South in Manhattan.

Depression

What is depression?

Experiencing sadness or feeling down at times is a normal part of life. For most people, these feelings come and go and usually don’t present a major challenge. However, for those who have depression, also called major depressive disorder, these feelings of sadness and loss persist long term. In addition, someone who is experiencing depression may express a loss of interest in activities that they would otherwise enjoy. 

Depression can present many challenges to an individual, and manifesting in different ways. It can change how you feel, think, and act, and it can interfere with your day-to-day activities. Depression can also lead to other emotional and physical challenges. If you have depression, it’s important to seek professional help. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Although sadness may be the most obvious symptom of depression, it also manifests in many other ways. Common symptoms of depression may include:

 

  • Feeling tired
  • Loss of interest in life
  • Feeling like life isn’t worth living
  • Feeling empty
  • Irritability
  • Angry outbursts
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Lack of energy or tiredness
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight loss

Though most people may think of depression as solely an emotional issue, it can also cause physical symptoms such as headaches and back pain. 

How can depression be treated?

For those suffering from depression, you do not need to go it alone. Many different treatments are available that have helped countless people alleviate their symptoms. What works for some may not work for others, making it important to find the right treatment for you with professional guidance. A wide range of medications can help with depression. In addition, maintaining healthy lifestyle habits like exercise, managing stress, and eating a healthy diet are also important. 

Psychotherapy can also play an important role when it comes to alleviating depression symptoms and developing healthy coping mechanisms. Michael has years of experience helping his patients find the relief that they seek in a compassionate and supportive environment.  

To learn more about what you can do to find relief from your depression, call or book online today to schedule your first appointment.