Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn't worth living.
More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn't a weakness, nor is it something that you can simply "snap out" of. Depression may require long-term treatment. But don't get discouraged. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychological counseling or both. Other treatments also may help.Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience only a few symptoms; some people suffer many. The severity of symptoms varies among individuals and also over time.
Some typical symptoms include:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood.
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy, fatique, being "slowed down"
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awaking, or oversleeping
- Appetiteand/or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
The Road to Depression Recovery
Recovering from depression requires action, but taking action when you’re depressed is hard. In fact, just thinking about the things you should do to feel better, like going for a walk or spending time with friends, can be exhausting.
The challenging thing about depression recovery is that the things that help the most are the things that are the most difficult to do. There’s a difference, however, between something that's difficult and something that's impossible.
Utilizing Mindfulness with a Cognitive-Behavioral Theraputic approach I can help you identify the modes of your mind that result in depressive experiences while developing meditative practices that can help you become aware of the mental choices you have that can help you make real recovery changes and help you avoid depression relapse.