Am I Depressed
Do you feel withdrawn and disconnected from yourself and from loved ones? Have friends or family noticed a shift in your personality or mood? Do you lose your temper easily or feel irritated? Do you feel hopeless or think about suicide? Perhaps you go through your day feeling a bit flat and unable to make decisions?
From time to time life can knock us down. Sometimes we get back up and continue on our path, perhaps even feeling stronger and wiser. There are other times, however, when life feels overwhelming and more than we can handle. Daily tasks that once felt manageable now feel exhausting and impossible to face.
Where there was once hope and positivity, there now remains irritability, sadness, poor sleep, isolation and indifference. It is common to blame oneself for one’s symptoms and not seek treatment. Thus, it is important to know that depression isn’t anyone’s fault and it is a highly treatable condition.
There are several causes of depression. Sometimes a major change in a person’s life can trigger depression. These changes may be due to a serious illness, stressful relationships, after childbirth, financial difficulties, or a loss (such as a divorce, the loss of job, or the death of a loved one). Depression has also been seen to run in families, suggesting that some people have a genetic predisposition to the illness, particularly during times of stress. If you think you may be suffering from depression, know that you are not alone. Some 15 million Americans a year struggle with depression. Depression is one of the most common reasons people consider therapy. And, most people have been living with depression for longer than they recognize. But don’t get discouraged. Even in the most severe cases, depression is highly treatable.
Common Symptoms of Depression
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Thoughts about dying
Therapy will provide the necessary tools to treat depression. Many people lack the skills needed to cope with life and balance emotions. Building emotional skills can give you the ability to bounce back from adversity, trauma and loss. Therapy will also help you adrress difficult feelings and look at the root causes of the depression. With new insight, skills and understanding, we move towards alleviating the depression altogether. If you are feeling depressed or at risk for depression, please call me. I can help you overcome your feelings of depression and help you regain your true self.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myseif just as I am, then I can change.
– Carl Rogers