When people feel depressed, they often have a hard time motivating themselves to do work, go to school, or socialize. They may experience a feeling of “not feeling like doing anything”. This can lead to them shutting down and not doing the things they normally enjoy or that are meaningful to them. People may also struggle with overly negative thoughts about themselves and things in their life.
Other common symptoms of depression include:
- difficulty sleeping
- changes in appetite and weight
- feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- difficulty concentrating
- thoughts about suicide or death
There are effective treatments for depression. Behavioral Activation Therapy (BAT) is one form of treatment for depression. It is based on the idea that if depression is maintained by inactivity, then increasing a person’s level of activity should be an effective way to treat depression. Research has supported this idea and shown BAT to be extremely effective for the treatment for depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also proven to be useful to help with the negative thoughts associated with depression.
Dr. Schwerzler focuses on helping clients become more active in several life domains, including physical activity, social activity, and activities that provide a sense of accomplishment or mastery. He take a values- based approach to BAT and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: He focuses on helping clients increase their activity on these domains specifically in ways that are valuable and meaningful to them.