We all know what it’s like to feel sad and down in the dumps for short periods of time. I work with people who feel depressed for six-to-eight months or more at a time.
True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, frustration, irritability and anger interfere with daily life for a much longer period of time. Depression has many faces. It can look like apathy, low energy, difficulty concentrating, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, worthlessness, negative thinking and self-hating. It can look like not wanting to get out of bed in the morning, insomnia, overeating or loss of appetite, withdrawal from family and friends.
There’s a lot to learn about depression. It is estimated that 35 million Americans experience depression at some point during their lifetimes. It can show up in adults, teenagers and children, in anyone from any socioeconomic background. It may have a biological cause, be triggered by stressful life changes or events, a medical condition, or even environmental factors.
While depression cannot be willed or wished away, it can be successfully treated by a course of psychotherapy that may include supplemental medication along with nutritional support for a period of time. If you think you may suffer from depression, it is important to have an evaluation by an experienced practitioner.
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