Depression is a condition that affects millions of people. Many think that depression is just being sad or “down in the dumps,” but this is not the case. Depression is a chronic condition with symptoms that can vary among different people. Depression affects the way you live your life, making you feel unlike you once were. Some common symptoms of depression are:

    • Constantly feeling sad
    • Feeling worthless
    • Apathy
    • Loss of appetite or inability to control eating
    • Weight gain or loss
    • Lack of interest in things you once enjoyed

    • Lack of desire to socialize or interact with others
    • Inability to concentrate on small tasks
    • Lack of sleep or too much sleep
    • Feelings of hopelessness
    • Suicidal thoughts

Dramatic changes in your life can bring on depression. The loss of a loved one, loss of your job, moving to a new, unfamiliar place and many other factors can trigger it. In addition, medical problems or medications can also cause depression. Lastly, some people have a genetic tendency toward depression. There are anti-depressant medications available to help, but sometimes the best help can be to discuss your feelings. Therapy provides an outlet for you to discuss what is bothering you and helps you find a solution or release to improve your state of mind. This can allow you to manage and balance your emotions and find ways to effectively deal with them.

When you are depressed, you should attempt to surround yourself with things and people that make you happy. Feelings of gratification can give you a sense of accomplishment and improve your mood. Proving to yourself that you can still accomplish goals can have a huge impact on your self-worth and emotional well-being.

If you feel you are depressed or may be at risk for depression, please call us. We can help you overcome those feelings and help you again enjoy all of the things that once made you happy.