Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, a licensed psychologist in New York, NY, was the presenter for our most recent webinar—the last for 2013— titled “Coping with Depression Associated with Having a Chronic Health Condition.” Dr. Sheypuk not only share information about the different types of depression but also discussed when those concerns should be escalated.
A variety of options were suggested for coping with depression, including:
- Working with a therapist
- Staying active, both physically and mentally
- Practicing a process of exploration, acceptance and integration
Dr. Sheypuk noted that the process of exploration, acceptance and integration may involve skills-oriented training, such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). One of the goals of DBT is the acceptance of one’s situation, finding renewed meaning in life, and integrating chronic illness into daily living.
Additionally, Dr. Sheypuk, who is an expert in the area of dating and relationships, suggested maintaining intimacy in one’s life through dating and romance.