Dr. Earta Norwood

Video Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Old Town, Alexandria VA


Let’s talk and see if we’re a good fit. I’m here to help. 

What is clinical depression?

Depression is a serious medical illness, which can be treated. It affects your feelings, thoughts, and actions. Sadness can dominate your mood and you may lose interest in activities you usually enjoy. Depression can interfere with relationships, work, and daily life.

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Persistent sadness or anxiety
  • Loss of interest in activities and hobbies
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Fatigue and/or lower energy
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulties in remembering, making decisions, or concentrating
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Physical aches and pains which do not have a clear cause

Each person experiences depression in their own way--few people experience all the symptoms.

What are the risk factors for depression?

Depression can occur at any age and it’s estimated that roughly one-sixth of all people will experience depression at some point during their lives. Women are more likely to struggle with depression, with some studies showing that up to one-third of women may face this challenge in their lifetime.

Risk factors for depression include:

  • Family history--genetics seems to play a role in the likelihood one will have a depressive episode. Studies show that identical twins share the most resemblance when it comes to a lifetime history of major depression, compared to other family members.  
  • Personal characteristics—who you are is influenced by your genetic makeup, as much as by your upbringing and your experiences. Your personal characteristics do, in turn, influence your choices, your behaviors, and how you view the world. Growing up surrounded by harsh criticism, may make you more likely to judge harshly yourself and others. That, in turn, may lead you to feeling constantly dissatisfied with your work and push others away with your criticism.
  • Stressful events--job loss, death of someone close, ending a relationship, moving are all very stressful experiences. Stressful events can affect not only your emotional well being, but also your health.

How can psychotherapy
help treat depression?

Depression can be treated. The most common treatments are psychotherapy and medication. A combination of these two strategies seems to be the best approach. Psychologists and medical researchers are continually exploring new possibilities. A variety of approaches have been shown to be effective in alleviating and treating symptoms of depression.

Often, therapy starts with working to acknowledge the factors that contribute to the low mood. Some of those factors maybe longstanding and complicated, while others may be situational. Developing solutions for the situational factors will release some of the pressure and provide some relief.

Exploring difficulties makes them easy to understand and to break into smaller obstacles. These smaller obstacles are less overwhelming and it is easier to develop strategies overcome them. Feeling constantly discouraged can feel like an impossible hurdle. How do you switch from feeling discouraged to feeling accomplished? You start small. 

The small and simple changes will give way to targeting more challenging transformations. Strategizing will involve changing behaviors that lead you to feeling stuck and isolated. It may also involve changing how you think of yourself and others.

Therapy can help you find a grater sense of control over your life. It can help you find the confidence and inspiration to accomplish your vision.

Dr. Earta Norwood

Video Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Please call me at 571-357-3459 to discuss whether we may be a good fit. I am here to help.

Old Town, Alexandria VA

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