Depression Specialist

Ryan Rifkin, NP -  - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

NP Psychiatry

Ryan Rifkin, NP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner located in Chelsea, New York, NY

The very nature of depression — feeling down, withdrawn, and exhausted — makes it hard to reach out for help, even when treatment is the only way to overcome symptoms and get back to a thriving life. At NP Psychiatry in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Ryan Rifkin, NP, has helped many people leave their depression behind and regain balance. Clinical depression seldom gets better on its own, so don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call the office in New York City or reach out using the convenient online booking feature. Telepsychiatry appointments are available.

Depression Q & A

How do I know when to get help for depression?

It can be hard to tell the difference between having the blues and depression. Most people occasionally feel sad, lonely, and unmotivated, but they go about their daily life, and before long, their blues lift, and they feel better.

Depression causes similar feelings, but they’re more intense, and they don’t improve. The symptoms caused by depression persist and may get worse instead of better.

As depression steals your energy, you can’t enjoy family and friends, and chances are you struggle to keep up with your daily responsibilities. It’s time to seek help for depression when your symptoms interfere with your daily life.

What symptoms occur if I have depression?

The top symptom of depression is an overwhelming feeling of sadness and hopelessness.

You also experience one or more additional symptoms. You may:

  • Lose interest in activities you usually enjoy
  • Stay away from family and friends
  • Gain or lose weight
  • Sleep more or have insomnia
  • Feel restless or agitated
  • Have extreme fatigue or no energy
  • Find it hard to concentrate or think
  • Have thoughts of suicide or dying

When you’re depressed, you also have a higher risk of developing anxiety and a substance use disorder, especially alcohol abuse.

How is depression treated?

During your first meeting, your board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at NP Psychiatry talks with you about your medical history and symptoms. Then they complete a thorough psychiatric evaluation to accurately diagnose depression.

Treatment for depression includes psychotherapy, medication, or both. Although using each treatment alone is possible, combining the two often produces the best and longest-lasting results.


Antidepressants restore brain chemicals that influence depression. These medications take a little time to reach their full effect.


Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, includes many types of modalities, and each has a different approach for lifting depression. Psychotherapy can also help you work through other issues associated with your depression, such as relationship or work-related problems.

NP Psychiatry embraces diverse cultures and the LGBTQ community, ensuring that your therapy incorporates your unique lifestyle needs.

It can be hard to reach out for help when you’re depressed, but taking the first step puts you on the path to feeling better and reclaiming your life.

Don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call NP Psychiatry, or book an appointment online today.