We all have felt “down”, “sad”, or “low” at times. Feeling as if you are “not yourself” or sadness is a common reaction to certain negative life events such as losing your job, financial issues, experiencing a loss, ending a relationship. Yet, at other times feeling “blue” or intense sadness can be so overwhelming that it may interfere with your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. A low mood or depression can impact several areas of your life, such as work, school, family and social relations.
Depression is more than feeling “down” sometimes.
A Depressive Episode is characterized by a period of at least two weeks or more during which you experience
Dysthymia can be considered as a “milder” but a chronic form for depression. Individuals often experience similar symptoms as described above for depression, however they are less severe and have been present for a few years. Often a low mood, lack of joy or low self-esteem may have become such a part of your day to day life that you may be thinking that “I’ve always felt this way”, “That’s just how I am”. It is not uncommon for you to be questioning that “will I ever be able to feel differently?”.
Highly effective treatments are available for improving mood and overcoming depression and dysthymia. Taking the first step towards seeking help for your mood difficulties can be challenging. It is important for you to know that psychological research has demonstrated that individuals participating in therapy sessions have been able to learn strategies to manage their mood, overcome their negative thoughts, participate in activities being avoided and engage in viewing their current situation in a more realistic manner.
Dr. Ahmed provides her clients with tailored treatment for their low mood or depression to equip them with the skills and strategies necessary so that they can experience the joys of everyday life. She believes that no two people are alike and she provides her clients with services that are customized based on the goals they are hoping to achieve.
Her approach to psychological services is grounded in research-based treatment such a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), however, she often integrates elements from other therapeutic modalities, such as mindfulness, motivational interviewing, schema focused therapy and client focused therapy, based on her clients’ needs and preferences. Dr. Ahmed provides a supportive, collaborative, and non-judgmental environment so that you can feel comfortable expressing your concerns.
Contact Dr. Ahmed for a consultation and inquire further about the process.