Is depression your constant companion?
People often seek out therapy because they are feeling depressed. Did you know that anxiety could also be a symptom of depression?
Depression sometimes occurs because of external events such as:
- Loss of a relationship
- Loss of a job
- Death of a loved one
- Child moving out
- Any kind of major life change
While a reaction of depression to the above situations is perfectly normal, one should seek help if the depression is out of proportion to the event or lasts a long time.
How do you know if you’re depressed and not just sad?
Sadness is a normal reaction to everyday events that are disappointing, unfulfilling, turn out markedly different then we had expected, experiencing a loss, etc. When we feel sad we feel “down”. Depression goes much deeper than that. Some symptoms of depression are:
- Loss of appetite or increase in appetite
- Loss of energy or frequently feeling fatigued
- Loss of interest in doing things we once enjoyed
- Loss of interest in sex
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Difficulty controlling anger
- Physical discomfort
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Low self-esteem
If you have been feeling any of the above for more than a few weeks, it’s probably time to call a therapist.
Please call or email me to discuss your depression so that together we can make a plan that will work for you.