Signs of Depression and Getting the Help You Need by Dr. Chaban

October 10, 2014

Everyone feels sad or occasionally “blue” from time to time but when these feelings don’t pass quickly, it may be helpful to consult with a mental health professional. Clinical depression can interfere with daily functioning and one’s quality of life. It can feel like it’s taking over and make life feel overwhelming and unmanageable.

Common symptoms of depression include:
– Sadness or despair that lasts for at least 2 weeks
– Sense of hopelessness or helplessness
– Loss of interest in daily activities or things you used to enjoy
– Changes in appetite or weight
– Anger or irritability
– Loss of energy
– Sense of worthlessness or feelings of guilt
– Difficulties with concentration or attention
– Unexplained body aches or pains
– Suicidal thoughts

There are several causes for clinical depression. It is believed that biological, psychological, and social variables likely contribute to this disorder. Serious medical conditions, life transitions, and major life stressors can also trigger a depressive episode.

If you or someone you know is struggling with these symptoms, seek professional assistance. There are effective treatments to help individuals struggling with this serious and debilitating illness. Research demonstrates that individuals often benefit from psychotherapy and some with, psychotherapy in conjunction with medications.

Psychotherapy assists those suffering with depression by:
– Identifying issues that contribute to depression
– Identifying and modifying distorted negative thought patterns that contribute and perpetuate depressive states
– Developing skills so one can expand their social support system, effectively manage life’s stressors, and cope with symptoms associated with depression

Unfortunately, there is still a stigma surrounding mental illness and seeking appropriate treatments. Many perceive depression as a sign of weakness or failure and, therefore, do not seek treatment. Untreated depression can worsen and adversely affect one’s daily life and relationships. Seeking appropriate treatment is critical because it can help you or your loved one recover and return to a life full of meaning and fulfillment.