More than 15 million Americans suffer from depression. Depression is not just a mild case of the blues. Everybody feels a little sad sometimes. But when those feelings won’t go away and you lose interest in things that you normally enjoy, it could be depression. It can make you feel tired, hopeless, sad and unable to concentrate. It can be moderate to debilitating. It can make you feel worthless and ashamed. It is often exhausting and can make you feel physically ill.
Each person has their own experience, but one thing is true for everyone: Depression is not your fault. It’s not a bad mood or a personal weakness. You didn’t ask for it and you can’t use raw will power to make it go away. Depression is a medical illness. And it can be treated.
- Feeling sad or crying a lot
- Losing interest in daily activities
- Gaining or losing weight
- Difficulty sleeping-or sleeping too much
- Getting angry quickly
- Feeling fatigued most of the time
- Feeling worthless
- Having recurring thoughts of death or suicide
If you have several of these symptoms, you may be depressed. A therapist can help.
Depression involves your body, thoughts, feelings, and behavior. There are many proven, effective ways to alleviate depression. Therapy, diet, exercise, and medication are among the many successful approaches. As an experienced therapist, I can explain your options. You and I will work together to develop a treatment plan that works best for you. You are not alone.