Is depression your constant companion?

People often seek out therapy because they are feeling depressed. Did you know that anxiety could also be a symptom of depression?

Depression sometimes occurs because of external events such as:

  • Loss of a relationship
  • Loss of a job
  • Death of a loved one
  • Child moving out
  • Any kind of major life change

While a reaction of depression to the above situations is perfectly normal, one should seek help if the depression is out of proportion to the event or lasts a long time.

How do you know if you’re depressed and not just sad?

Sadness is a normal reaction to everyday events that are disappointing, unfulfilling, turn out markedly different then we had expected, experiencing a loss, etc. When we feel sad we feel “down”. Depression goes much deeper than that. Some symptoms of depression are:

  • Loss of appetite or increase in appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of energy or frequently feeling fatigued
  • Loss of interest in doing things we once enjoyed
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Difficulty controlling anger
  • Physical discomfort
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Low self-esteem

If you have been feeling any of the above for more than a few weeks, it’s probably time to call a therapist.

Please call or email me to discuss your depression so that together we can make a plan that will work for you.