Am I depressed? Tell me about the treatment of depression at BridgePointe.

Life can be difficult and constantly changing. At one time or another we all must endure loss, disappointment, or suffer an illness or trauma such as cancer or an accident.

Sometimes, due to our biological reactions to stress, we might be unable to bounce back. As a result, we may lack energy or be unable to enjoy things that used to bring us pleasure. We may have frequent negative thoughts about ourselves or about life itself. Or we may withdraw from other people. If these symptoms last for more than a couple of weeks, it may be that we are clinically depressed and need some help to recover.

Fortunately depression is very treatable. At BridgePointe, one of our therapists can meet with you and within a few sessions be able to explain what has caused your depression and what can be done to help you recover. Sometimes medication can be helpful, and if that is the case, your counselor can refer you to one of our psychiatrists.

My name is Carolyn Finke. I am a clinical social worker and have been doing psychotherapy for over 32 years. I use a combination of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral methods in treating depression. I think one of the main reasons I love my job is that I get to see people heal from all sorts of difficulties and make changes in their lives and in their thinking that make them strong and happy. What could be better than that?

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