“Depression” can feel like a scary word, but the truth is most of us experience depressive symptoms at some point in our lives. Sometimes symptoms are mild or pass on their own, but other times, they seem to overtake our lives, relationships, and mind. For some people, these symptoms are persistent and recurring.
Just as the body sometimes becomes sick, the heart and mind may not always feel well. When this happens, our mind is telling us to slow down, be gentle with ourselves, and ask for help.
Symptoms of Depression May Include:
- Feeling sad or crying without apparent cause
- Disruption of appetite or sleep
- Frequent thoughts about death, dying, or suicide
- Shame and guilt
- Having low energy or feeling slowed down
- Feeling numb, disconnected, or empty
- Isolating/ Avoiding others
- Seeking distractions or immediate gratification (substance use, sex, shopping, etc)
- Negative thinking patterns (“I hate my life” “Nothing good ever happens to me” “No one likes me”)
- Losing interest in things you usually enjoy
- Friends or loved ones expressing concern about your mental health
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you are not alone. Depressive symptoms are treatable and can be effectively managed with therapy. If you feel you are wondering alone in the dark, find the courage to begin your journey back to the life you want to live. I am here to help you along the way.
If you are tired of avoiding your problems and ready to address them, contact me today for a free consultation.