Depression is a common emotional disorder affecting around half the adult population at some point in their lives, with many people suffering from severe depression. Make no mistake – clinical depression is an illness, and it is one of the most painful mood states that can be experienced.
We all have our down days, but the intense feelings of sadness associated with depression can last for weeks, months and even years. There is a vast difference between feeling down in the dumps and being depressed. The symptoms of depression can be both emotional and physical, and can seriously affect a person’s ability to function.
It’s not uncommon for people to think of depression as a sign of weakness and to label themselves as useless. It is especially painful when a well-meaning person says “pull yourself together,” because this is exactly what the depressed person wishes he or she could do, but can’t.
- Symptoms of depression include:
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Loss of interest in life
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of motivation
- Lack of self-acceptance
- Feelings of guilt
- Negative thinking
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
- Disturbed sleep
- A change in appetite-over eating and under-eating
- Weight change
- Loss of libido
If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms, you may be depressed*. However, it’s important to resist the temptation to self diagnose.
Cognitive Behavioural therapy can be effective in helping a person to manage and overcome Depression This is sometimes combined with hypnosis especially when there is an anxiety component to the depression.
* Depression requires medical and psychological evaluation. If you are feeling depressed, then please make an appointment to see your doctor.
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