Depression may feel like a pair of murky glasses that might have you viewing the world as a hopeless place. Are you feeling persistently sad, having difficulty leaving bed or a tough time falling or staying asleep? Perhaps you simply don’t have the energy or desire for previously enjoyed activities, your appetite is not the same, you don’t feel good about yourself and just feel like you are at rock bottom. As much as you try to keep it together, it may feel like you are barely surviving. You might swing between feeling tired and sleepy all of the time, to feeling agitated and restless, with no comfortable in-between. You may even realize that you are just not able to show up in the world as you once did and this feeling is taking a toll on your life.
Do I Have Depression?
It is completely normal to experience periods where you feel down, especially if you’ve experienced a recent loss or disappointment. This is part of the human condition. However, if you persistently experience several of the symptoms below for extended periods of time and it causes a disruption in your day to day functioning and relationships, you might be suffering with a form of depression:
- Trouble falling and staying asleep
- Persistent sadness and hopelessness
- Trouble focusing and rememebring things
- Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activists
- Loss of appetite or excessive appetite
- Lack of energy
- Feelings of guilt
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Suicidal ideations (NOTE: If you are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts or ideations please call 911 and/or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255).
How Can Therapy Help With Depression?
You may have felt this way for so long that it might be hard to imagine a life without this emotional pain. Learned helplessness, the idea that despite even your best effort, you have no power over your your situation is quite common in depression. Through therapy, you may begin to feel more hopeful and start to see that things can get better. Although starting therapy takes a great deal of trust, the fact that you are here speaks volumes about your motivation for recovery. Join a judgement free, collaborative and supportive environment dedicated to helping you thrive and evolve into the best version of yourself.