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Is Seasonal Depression Real? How Do I Get Help?

Often times, the holiday season can be filled with feelings of sadness or despair. What some don’t realize, is that this is just the beginning for others who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD frequently begins around the holiday season because this is around the time that the weather begins getting colder and less accommodating to spending time outdoors. This slightly isolative change may not seem like a big deal right away. As time goes on, the cold weather can force people to abandon their community. This leads to feelings of isolation, which makes socializing feel impossible. Without knowing why, you may start to feel a disconnection from the world and even yourself. This slowly happens as you continue to stay inside of your home.

Is Seasonal Depression Real? How Do I Get Help

This emotional reaction can be frustrating and may lead you to feel helpless and alone. Thus, leaving you to ask yourself “what’s wrong with me?”. SAD is much more complex than the occasional feeling of depression during the winter. It is a serious disorder that one needs assistance to deal with. Roughly 5% of adults experience SAD in the U.S. Being able to take control of your emotions and change your mindset when you are feeling sad is not a depressive characteristic. Struggling to, or feeling like it’s impossible to have any control over your emotions on a frequent basis is considered to be depressive behavior.

How can you help this?

The hardest part of improving your well being for many people is admitting
that they need help. Accepting that you may have issues that are going
untreated is scary. Some of the symptoms might be ones that your friends
and family will not be able to recognize. Acknowledging your issues is often
thought to be a sign of weakness. What people don’t often consider, is that
many others around them are also facing their own internal struggles. The
stigma around struggling with mental health is a major reason that people
do not get the help they need. In reality, acknowledging your issues is the
first step towards feeling better.

Having the ability to meet with a professional psychologist without leaving
the comfort of your home, is an amazing feature that is offers in our private
practice. Teletherapy with Apple Psychological, LLP allows you to have
someone to talk through your emotions with which can significantly help you
develop a more stable and emotional mindset.

Talking through your emotions is especially beneficial when you feel you have
no one you can turn to and might feel all alone. If you’re finding yourself
having an annual struggle getting through the winter and your mental health
is at a constant low, then reach out to our therapists for help. The support you
receive can be life changing.

Together, we can help you get through this difficult time.
Contact Us by Booking An Appointment or call us at 917-526-0766. An experienced counselor specializing in Depression Treatment can help.

Suicidality in Young Children

Suicidality in young children is a growing concern that must be addressed by parents and or caregivers. It is important that signs of distress in your child are taken seriously, even if it may seem like your child doesn’t understand what they are saying. Studies have shown that suicidal ideation and attempts can occur in children as young as 5 years old. Raising children in the Age of Information means our children now have more exposure to potentially dangerous influences than we may have had. This makes it essential that parents be proactive in addressing these issues as they arise.

How serious is this?
Adults must understand that children who express suicidal thoughts or behaviors are not simply seeking attention. These are serious cries for help and should never be written off as “normal” childhood behavior. Understandably, many young children lack the emotional flexibility and coping skills to handle stress, anxiety, and trauma, which can lead to suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

Warning Signs
It is crucial to seek professional help immediately if your child expresses any of the following warning signs for suicidality:
● Irritability
● Increased impulsivity
● Withdrawal from friends and family
● Giving away beloved possessions
● Talk of self-harm or suicide

While your fears may cause you to hesitate or tell you to wait it out, remember that every second counts in preventing suicide. Speak to your child’s pediatrician or a mental health professional who specializes in working with children. If your child is already seeing a therapist, it is important to notify the therapist as soon as possible.

Risk Factors
One of the most important risk factors for suicidality in young children is exposure to trauma. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that children who had experienced multiple forms of trauma were at a significantly higher risk for suicidal ideation and attempts than those who had not experienced trauma. Additionally, children who had experienced trauma were more likely to have other mental health conditions, such as OCD or anxiety, that further increased their risk for suicidality.

OCD’s Role in Suicidality
Depending on what they are exposed to, whether through media or life events, children with OCD may experience intrusive thoughts about harm, violence, or death that can become difficult for them to control. These thoughts can be persistent and distressing, leading to feelings of hopelessness, guilt, and shame. As a result, children with OCD may experience suicidal ideation, and in some cases, they may attempt suicide as a way to escape their distress.

In addition to intrusive thoughts, children with OCD may also experience other symptoms, such as excessive worry, avoidance behaviors, and compulsive rituals. These symptoms can interfere with a child’s daily functioning, social interactions, and academic performance, leading to feelings of isolation and low self-esteem as they get older.

Encourage Communication
It is essential to create an open and supportive environment where your child feels comfortable expressing their feelings and concerns. Encourage your child to communicate openly and honestly with you, and listen without judgment or criticism. Validate your child’s emotions and reassure them that they are not alone and that you are there to support them through any challenges they may be facing.

Seeking Support
It is understandable that some parents may be reluctant to seek help, fearing that it could reflect poorly on their parenting or that their child may be stigmatized or labeled. However, the consequences of ignoring suicidal ideation and attempts can be severe. If you are concerned about your child’s safety, prioritize your child’s well-being by consulting a trained mental health professional. There are several resources available for families and communities who are dealing with suicidality in young children, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

 

We can help you get through this difficult time. Contact Us at https://applepsychological.janeapp.com or call us at 917-526-0766 . An experienced counselor specializing in Child Counseling can help.

DOES MY CHILD NEED COUNSELING?

Raising a child is not easy. Nothing really prepares a person for the hardships of parenting. It is one of those concepts we never truly understand until we are a parent with a child. Because of the stigma around going to a therapist in some cultures, It can be especially difficult to come to the realization our child may need to start counseling.

Children can be dealing with a multitude of events that are affecting them negatively. Some examples of issues children face are bullying, school stress, friend drama, and family stress. Children might be scared or embarrassed to ask for help, so as a parent it is important to look out for signs that your child might need help. If this is the case, and your child is showing signs of distress, please know that as a parent, you are not alone, and that you are doing what is best for your child by acting quickly and getting them the counseling support that they need.

But, how do you know if your child needs counseling? Below is a list of some certain signs to look out for (please note, if there is a sign that is not on the list, reach out to a therapist and get some guidance)

 

11 SIGNS YOUR CHILD NEEDS COUNSELING

1) Difficulty getting along with others or making friends: If you notice your child is suddenly having issues with getting along with peers or seems to be struggling in the area of friendships, it may be time to take action. Friend quarrels and issues are a part of childhood, but isolating behaviors could be a warning sign.

2) Struggling with feelings more so than other children of the same age: If you notice your child is having a harder time with managing emotions and feelings compared to other children of similar age, it may be time to seek out professional help.

3) Change in eating and sleeping habits: If you notice a change in your child’s eating or sleep habits, it may be due to mental health issues relating to anxiety or depression. Certain eating habits could also be early signs of potential eating disorders.

4) Destructive Behavior: If you notice your child engaging in self-destructive behaviors such as self-harm or drug use, it is iminent to talk to a mental health professional. Self-destructive behaviors often occur to numb feelings of anger, guilt, pain, or resentment.

5) Extreme Feelings of Sadness or Worry: If you notice your child seems to be stuck in an anxiety ridden or sadness ridden mood, it is best to talk to a mental health professional. It is also important to note if your child has been crying a lot. This could be an early onset of depression or anxiety.

6) Social Isolation: If you notice your child is suddenly not talking to several of their friends or not hanging out with friends as much, it could be a sign of bullying, depression, or anxiety.

7) Regression: Regression can sometimes occur and be normal (i.e. big changes such as a birth of a new sibling). However, if you notice regression patterns of bedwetting, tantrums, clinginess, it could be time to get some help.

8) Increased physical complaints: Mental health issues such as anxiety can manifest themselves in physical ways through stomach aches and headaches. If you notice your child has increased in physical complaints, it may be time to get help.

9) Bringing up the topic of death frequently: If you notice your child bringing up death constantly, especially in the form of suicide related or self harm topics, it is imminent to get help right away.

10) Stressful situations: If your child is going through a stressful situation like moving or experiencing divorce, it may be possible they do not have the proper and developed coping skills needed for stressful types of situations. Having extra support could be extremely helpful for your child.

11) Changes in Hygiene: If you are starting to notice changes in hygiene behaviors such as brushing their teeth or bathing, this could be a sign your child is experiencing depression or anxiety.

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We can help you get through this difficult time. Contact Us at https://applepsychological.janeapp.com/ or call us at 917-526-0766 . An experienced counselor specializing in Child Counseling can help.

Why Do I Feel Sad All The Time?

When you no longer have excitement for life, this can be exhausting when you do day-to-day tasks, such as driving to work, preparing dinner for yourself, or doing laundry. These moments can feel much more challenging and unattainable when this weight is on your shoulder. Did you know 264 million people worldwide live with depression? Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States among people ages 15-44. 

What Does Depression Feel Like?

Some people describe depression as feeling like a heavy weight or a deep sense of sadness that they can’t shake. Others may feel empty, numb, or hopeless, and may have difficulty finding pleasure in things they used to enjoy. They may also experience a lack of energy or motivation, and find it difficult to concentrate or make decisions. 

Physical symptoms may include changes in appetite or sleep patterns, aches, and pains, or fatigue. Some people with depression may also have thoughts of self-harm or suicide. 

Am I Sad or Depressed?

Feeling sad and experiencing depression are two different things, although they can share some similar symptoms.

Sadness is a normal emotion that everyone experiences at some point in their life. It’s usually triggered by a specific event or situation, such as the loss of a loved one, a breakup, or a disappointment. Sadness is a temporary feeling that usually fades with time and can be helped by support from friends and family.

Depression, on the other hand, is a mental health disorder that involves persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Depression can interfere with daily life, making it difficult to work, socialize, or take care of oneself. It can also cause physical symptoms such as fatigue, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, and physical pain. Depression can be a chronic condition that may require ongoing treatment, including therapy and/or medication.

While feeling sad is a normal and temporary part of life, depression is a serious mental health condition that should not be ignored. It’s important to seek help from a mental health professional if you are experiencing persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or a loss of interest in activities that you once enjoyed.

5 Steps To Live A Happier Life

1. Talk to your doctor: Start by scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician. They can help determine if your symptoms are related to a physical health problem and may be able to refer you to a mental health specialist.

2. Find a mental health professional: Look for a therapist or counselor who specializes in treating depression. You can ask your doctor for a referral, search online, or contact your insurance company for a list of providers in your network.

3. Consider medication: Your mental health professional may recommend medication to help manage your symptoms. Antidepressants are commonly prescribed for depression and can be effective in conjunction with therapy.

3. Get support: It’s important to have a support system of family and friends who can offer encouragement and help you stay motivated in your treatment. You may also consider joining a support group for people with depression.

4. Take care of yourself: Self-care is an important part of managing depression. This may include getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding drugs and alcohol.

5. Seeking help is the first step toward feeling better. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help, and don’t give up if the first treatment you try doesn’t work. With the right help and support, you can recover from depression and lead a fulfilling life.

Together, we can help you get through this difficult time.

 Contact Us at https://applepsychological.janeapp.com/ or call us at 917-526-0766. 

An experienced counselor specializing in Depression Treatment can help.