Depression

When Does Healthy Mourning Become Depression?

When Does Healthy Mourning Become Depression? 2560 1840 Long Island Counseling Services

Grieving the loss of a loved one is a complex and deeply personal experience, one that virtually everyone will go through at some point in their life. While mourning is a natural, even necessary, part of the healing process, it’s essential to recognize when this healthy emotional response crosses over into the realm of clinical depression. Understanding this nuanced difference can be crucial for both the individual in mourning and their surrounding support network, as…

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Finding Mental Wellness Despite Depression

Finding Mental Wellness Despite Depression 2560 1707 Long Island Counseling Services

Feeling sad is normal part of life. When dealing with troubling events or experiencing overwhelming emotions, sadness is a natural part of coping, acceptance, and healing. When that sadness begins to keep us from our daily tasks and hold us back from enjoying life though, we may be dealing with depression instead. Depression comes in many different forms. Seasonal or temporary depression can be caused by circumstances or specific events. Chronic depression can become a…

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One Way Depression and Sleep Are Connected – And How You Can Change It

One Way Depression and Sleep Are Connected – And How You Can Change It 2560 1709 Long Island Counseling Services

Managing our mental health involves recognizing the intricate ways in which our behaviors or experiences influence the symptoms of our conditions. Often, these connections are subtle, eluding easy identification. Many label this as a “self-fulfilling prophecy,” but a more accurate descriptor is the “psychology of avoidance.” When we actively sidestep triggers or situations we’re uneasy with, we inadvertently intensify our negative reactions to them. Take arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders. If you consistently dodge…

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Low Serotonin Levels and Depression

Low Serotonin Levels and Depression 2560 1707 Long Island Counseling Services

Depression is a complex condition with psychological, social, genetic, and environmental factors. Some people develop depression as a response to a specific event. Some people develop depression over time. Still, others appear to develop it for no clear reason. Depression is treatable. But like many other mental health disorders, depression does cause physical changes that can affect the way a person’s neurochemicals operate. Some of the most significant ways that depression can change the brain…

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How Do People Get Depression? – Slow Burn vs. Reactive Onset

How Do People Get Depression? – Slow Burn vs. Reactive Onset 2051 1368 Long Island Counseling Services

Depression is a complex condition. It is psychological, in that it develops in the brain. But it is also behavioral, genetic, and environmental. Scientists have studied depression for decades, but still do not fully understand why some people develop depression, why others do not, and the mechanisms that cause people to be able or unable to overcome it on their own. What makes depression even more complicated is how it develops. Depression can develop in…

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Are You Avoiding Having a Child Because of Post-Partum Depression?

Are You Avoiding Having a Child Because of Post-Partum Depression? 2560 1707 Long Island Counseling Services

We often talk about treating postpartum depression to prevent it from continuing on for too long. But another reason to treat postpartum depression is because, even when postpartum depression goes away, the effects of it can continue onward. About Postpartum Depression (PPD) in the Long Term Postpartum depression – depression that occurs after childbirth in women, related to issues like hormones, stress, lack of sleep, and other factors – occurs in some form in a…

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