Depression is a serious medical illness, which can be treated. It affects your feelings, thoughts, and actions. Sadness can dominate your mood and you may lose interest in activities you usually enjoy. Depression can interfere with relationships, work, and daily life.
Symptoms of depression can include:
Each person experiences depression in their own way--few experience all the symptoms.
Depression can occur at any age and it’s estimated that roughly one-sixth of all people will experience depression at some point during their lives. Women are more likely to struggle with depression, with some studies showing that up to one-third of women may get depressed.
Risk factors for depression include:
Depression can be treated. The most common treatments are psychotherapy and medication. A combination of these two strategies seems to be the best approach. Psychologists and medical researchers are continually exploring new possibilities. A variety of approaches have been shown to be effective in alleviating and treating symptoms of depression.
Often, therapy starts with working to acknowledge the factors that contribute to the low mood. Some of those factors maybe longstanding and complicated, while others may be situational. Developing solutions for the situational factors will release some of the pressure and provide some relief.
Exploring difficulties makes them easy to understand and easy to break them into smaller obstacles. These smaller obstacles are less overwhelming and it is easier to develop strategies overcome them. Feeling constantly discouraged can feel like an impossible hurdle. How do you switch from feeling discouraged to feeling accomplished? You start small. That first week you set two small goals that you can accomplish: going out for coffee with a friend and organizing the papers on your desk.
The small and simple changes will give way to targeting more challenging transformations. Strategizing may involve changing behaviors that lead you to feeling stuck and isolated. It may also involve changing how you think of yourself and others.
Therapy can help you find a grater sense of control over your life. It can help you find the confidence and inspiration to accomplish your vision.