Depression can come from life’s circumstances, chemical imbalance (biological pre-disposition) or a combination of the two. At some point in life, 2 of every 3 people will suffer from the symptoms of this disease. Often it is time limited and will improve on its own. If it doesn’t, professional help is advisable.
Depression is sometimes caused by loss or disappointment. It also may result from having insufficient resources to deal with life’s problems. People suffering from depression may experience self-loathing because they are unable to take charge and get well. This can exacerbate the depressed feeling and cause a downward spiral. Outside help is important to stop the cycle.
Symptoms of depression can include sad or agitated mood, loss of concentration, lack of energy, weepiness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness and lack of interest or enthusiasm for the things once pleasurable.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a very useful approach to the treatment of depression. I also work with local psychiatrists who evaluate for anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medications. Although talk therapy is very important as a tool to manage moods,there are times when medication makes a difference in a person’s ability to use various tools known to be of help to the disorder. Perhaps the most important step in the healing process is to seek help outside.
If you, a friend, or a family member are fighting depression, please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail to discuss a plan for recovery and any questions or concerns you may have.
To see books I recommend on depression please go here.