Feeling down or sad occasionally is normal. However, if the feeling persists for at least two weeks and affects your regular activities like working, eating or sleeping as well as your thoughts and feelings; it is typically classified as depression.
The Depression Build-Up
Contributing factors of depression have been found to include a combination of genetic, biological and psychological factors. These can be a stressful period of major life changes, a personal or family history of depression or caused by certain illnesses and / or medications.
If you experience some or most of the below for at least two weeks; it could be an indication for you to seek help to ascertain if it is depression:
• Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without reason and is not relieved by treatment
• Appetite and/or weight changes
• Difficulty sleeping
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
• Feeling sad, anxious, or “empty”
• Feeling guilty, worthless or helpless
• Feeling hopeless or pessimistic
• Losing interest in hobbies and activities
• Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
Depression is treatable and manageable. Aside from medication, psychotherapy has been found to be helpful. One of the tenets of psychotherapy is the practice of mindfulness that helps you to be aware of your present situation and how to handle it.
Depression does not have to take over your life. Talk to me to find out how I can journey with you towards a better well-being.