Depression can be complicated.

There are lots of different ways depression has been described:

“You cry a lot.”
”You just kinda feel hollow.  It’s like you’re numb to everything.”
”Anger.  There’s just so much anger bubbling inside of me.”
”Everything is a struggle.  It’s a struggle to get out of bed, hold a conversation, or do anything.”
”It isolates me.  I’m terribly alone.”
— Depression Survivors
 

If you find yourself saying "YES! That's me!" to any of the above statements, it's probably time to investigate further. Depression is more than just feeling sad, but if you've been experiencing the blues for a while, it's worth checking into.  Even if you are still managing to keep your head above water, chances are you’re not doing so without serious struggle. This is because depression can be a vampire-like force that can rob you of energy, focus, and ability.  

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If you are depressed, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, depression is one of the most common mood disorders in the world—affecting some 350 million people across the globe every year. Depression can hit any age or gender, and doesn’t seem to discriminate among cultural or socioeconomic groups, either. Effects of depression can include not only the more obvious symptoms—like depressed mood and loss of interest in activities—but other problems like trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, changes in libido, eating too much or too little, or even physical pain or discomfort. In severe cases, depression can even lead to psychosis or thoughts of self-harm, both of which can be very frightening to experience. Furthermore, people with depression tend to isolate themselves from social activities, which can in turn make the symptoms even worse. Finally, those who struggle with this mood disorder are often at a greater risk for “self-medicating” with drugs or alcohol, bringing another layer of problems into the mix. If you’re not convinced that getting help will make your life easier, just read over this list of symptoms again! Handling depression can be a full-time job, and it is totally fine if you simply can’t do it alone anymore.

Many people with depression struggle to ask for help, which means admitting out loud that there’s a problem. Getting help does not make you self-indulgent or weak; on the contrary, seeing a professional for depression can help you be a better partner, friend, and/or parent & worker. Also, please note that a depression diagnosis doesn’t mean prescription pills are inevitable. Although we see ads every day for anti-depressants, talk therapy also holds a tremendous amount of power in helping us change negative thought patterns and self-defeating behaviors. In fact, there are many kinds of therapy that studies have shown to be effective for depression and we will work together to figure out which is best for you.

If you are unsure if you are depressed, take a moment to do a self-assessment. If you are struggling, help does exist! Contact our office to make an appointment from the convenience of your home and get started on the road to recovery now.