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The Clinic on Dupont Toronto

Depression Treatment

Depression involves persistent and distressing feelings of sadness, despair, helplessness, hopelessness and/or worthlessness. Depression is also characterized by a loss of pleasure and interest in activities that were previously enjoyed, and sometimes by disruptions in appetite, sleep, energy level and the ability to concentrate effectively.

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment proven to help individuals learn the coping skills they need to challenge the patterns of thinking and behaving that enable depression and to make the changes in their lives needed to promote healthy functioning.

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For more information about the individual clinican’s who specialize in the treatment of Depression, please click on a profile below:

Amy Kaiser Clinic on Dupont

AMY KAISER, Ph.D.

ADULTS

Stress, Depression, Women’s Issues, Interpersonal Conflict, Sexuality and Sexual identity, Health Psychology

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laurel gordon stress anxiety depression psychologist

LAUREL GORDON, Ph.D., C.Psych.

ADULTS

Stress, Anxiety and Depression

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david moscovitch psychologist

DAVID MOSCOVITCH, Ph.D., C.Psych.

ADULTS

Stress, Anxiety and Depression

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Zoe Laksman psychologist

ZOË LAKSMAN, Psy. D., C.Psych.,

ADULTS & COUPLES

Stress Management, Anxiety, Depression, Interpersonal Difficulties, Couples Therapy

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Faye Doell psychologist clinic on dupont

FAYE DOELL, Ph.D., C. Psych.

ADULTS & COUPLES

Complex Mental Illness, Psychosis, Interpersonal Difficulties, Couples Therapy

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PATRICIA SPENS, M.Sc., C.Psych.

ADULTS

Stress, Depression, Addictions, Codependency, Couples, Families

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Danielle Schwartz psychologist

DANIELLE SCHWARTZ, Ph.D., C.Psych.

ADULTS

Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia

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RICHARD BLOCH psychologist

RICHARD BLOCH, M.C., RP

ADULTS

Stress, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Anger, and Addictive Behaviour

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Brad Reimann addiction and stress psychologist

BRAD REIMANN, Psy.D., C.Psych.

ADULTS

Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Psychosis, Adults

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AMRITA GHAI psychologist

AMRITA GHAI, Ph.D., C.Psych.

ADULTS

Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders

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Christine Curran psychologist

CHRISTINE CURRAN, Ph.D., C.Psych.

ADULTS

Depression, Stress, Psychosis, Assessment of Memory, and Concussion

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Nadia D'Iuso psychologist

NADIA D’IUSO, Ph.D., C.Psych.

ADULTS, COUPLES & ADOLESCENTS

Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Couples, and Adolescents

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Robin Foster depression and anxiety psychologist

ROBIN FOSTER, Ph.D., C.Psych.

ADULTS

Depression, Suicidality, Anxiety, Psychosis, Interpersonal Issues

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Angela Lachowski psychologist

ANGELA LACHOWSKI, PhD, C. Psych

ADULTS

Sleep, Stress, Women’s Health Concerns, Anxiety, and Depression

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Ruby Sachs psychologist clinic on dupont

KATE BEST (formerly Ruby-Sachs), M.S.W., R.S.W.

ADULTS

Addiction, Stress, Anxiety, Interpersonal Issues, and Depression

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JAMES WATSON-GAZE psychologist clinic on dupont

JAMES WATSON-GAZE, Ph.D., C.Psych

ADULTS

Depression, Anxiety, Interpersonal Difficulties, Psychosis, Substance Use

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DEPRESSION TREATMENT IN TORONTO

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes low mood. It differs, however, from the sadness we all experience from time-to-time. Depression is a lasting sadness that often leads to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness and a loss of interest in activities, among other troubling symptoms.

How prevalent is depression?

In any given year, approximately 4.7% of Canadians over the age of 14 experience symptoms that meet the criteria for major depression. Several less severe forms of depression are also common.

How does depression affect people's lives?

Depression can range from mild to severe and cause cognitive dysfunction, health problems, relationship issues, social isolation, substance abuse, and disability. It can also lead to self-harm or suicide.

At our depression treatment center, your results-oriented therapist will help you resolve your depression. Through treatment, you’ll also develop better coping skills so you can experience the joy and happiness you deserve.

What are the symptoms of depression?

The first criteria for a diagnosis of depression is a low mood and/or lack of interest and pleasure in things that you usually enjoy, lasting most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks. Symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, despair, emptiness, irritability, frustration, or anger. Also, crying spells, loss of interest in activities, changes in sleep patterns,

difficulty concentrating, unexplained physical pain, ruminations about death, or suicidal thoughts may be indicators.

What causes depression?

Depression is caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors. Your lifestyle choices, relationships, and coping skills matter just as much, if not more so than genetics. Risk factors that make you more vulnerable to depression include loneliness and isolation, lack of social support, recent stressful life experiences, family history of depression, marital or relationship problems, financial strain, early childhood trauma or abuse, physical or emotional abuse, alcohol or drug abuse, unemployment or underemployment, health problems, major illness or chronic pain, the loss or death of a loved one, or genetic predisposition.

Your depression treatment in Toronto at our clinic will help you get to the root of your depression. This will help guide your experienced therapist in creating the best treatment approach for you.

How is depression diagnosed?

During your initial appointment, your therapist will do a depression screening. This will include questions about your symptoms, how long they’ve persisted, and any recent significant events in your life or trauma you’ve experienced. Your psychotherapist will also ask about your medical history and details about your family, such as any history of depression, mental illness, and drug abuse.

How is depression treated?

The therapists at our depression treatment center use evidence-based psychotherapeutic methods. Your multi-disciplinary therapist will take an individualized approach to your treatment by taking into account the type and severity of your depression, its causes, and other factors. Your depression treatment in Toronto at The Clinic may include cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, or psychodynamic therapy.

For some clients, an antidepressant may be helpful in conjunction with psychotherapy. Your therapist will encourage you to see your family physician to discuss medication management.

How long does depression treatment take?

Depression counselling can last several weeks or longer. The length of depression treatment varies based on many factors, including the type and severity of depression, its cause, and a client’s responsiveness to treatment.

What are the symptoms of depression in kids?

Kids often exhibit depression differently than adults. So parents may not always recognize it. Instead of expressing sadness, kids often exhibit agitation, irritability, school refusal, or anger. They may also complain of headaches, stomach aches, or other pain. Kids can, however, experience the same symptoms as adults.

How are kids treated for depression?

Depression counselling for children and teens is similar to that in adults. Your child’s therapist may use a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, or family therapy.