Help for Depression
Are you feeling low? Do you feel you have lost motivation? Are you unusually tired? Not feeling well? You may be depressed. Individuals who struggle with depression typically feel sad, they no longer are interested in the things they enjoyed, they prefer staying at home sleeping rather engaging with friends and family. Their feelings interfere with their work, their marriage, their quality of life. If this sounds familiar you may be suffering from depression.
Common symptoms associated with depression:
- Overwhelming feelings of sadness or grief
- Feeling worthless, helpless or hopeless
- Preoccupation with failure and inadequacy
- Tendency to cry easily
- Feeling guilt
- Loss of energy
- Feeling irritable
- Sleeping more (or less) than usual
- Eating more (or less) than usual
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Loss of interest in work, hobbies, people
- Loss of interest in sex
- Thoughts that you would be better off dead
It is normal to from time to time feel depressed. Some people can be more vulnerable to feelings of depression when they experience disappointment, discouragement, sadness, loss, or life change, or at times for unexplained reasons. In some cases depression can be more a function of biological or genetic vulnerability, independent of life circumstances.
Depression can feel like an insurmountable burden. For some depression feels like a heavy weight, others feel stuck in sadness and feelings of hopelessness and negativity. It affects motivation and, if serious enough, becomes completely debilitating. Symptoms of depression can persist and can significantly impact one’s functioning and quality of life. Whether mild or severe, depression can feel like one is locked into a mould that is difficult to get out of.
Depression is treatable. Treating depression requires exploration of its roots and patterns, understanding underlying triggers and causes, and developing effective coping strategies. Our associates will help you understand what is driving your depression and recommend a treatment plan that is unique to your needs and geared towards helping you cope more effectively.
Common effective treatments for depression include psychotherapy and in some cases the added support of medication. Psychotherapies shown to be effective in treating depression include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Psychodynamic oriented therapy.
A few key facts about depression according to the World Health Organization:
- Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
- More women are affected by depression than men.
- At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.
- There are effective psychological and pharmacological treatments for depression.