Why am I feeling so sad? Why do I lack energy? Am I depressed? How would I even know if I'm depressed?
No one experiences depression in the same way. Depression is one of the most common experiences that we share. If you feel like you're alone, know that you aren't! Believe it or not, 1 in 3 people will experience depression at some time in their lives.
This knowledge alone may not make you feel better, but it does mean that others can be empathetic. Depression can even present itself in a variety of ways. For some, it might be a lack of motivation and feeling sad. For some, it might be no emotion at all or even irritability. Some may also experience a feeling of hopelessness, low energy, and changes in behavior. Some people may stop doing their favorite activities, and might even have changes in appetite or sleep (too much or too little!) Even everyday activities such as showering and getting dressed can be difficult. Many people will also tend to spend more time alone.
In children, depression can look quite different. Children may look quite anxious and have difficulty identifying how they feel.
The causes of depression are variable, but not limited to one specific cause. It could be anything from just a family history of depression, or something more noticeable like experiencing trauma, or a significant life change.
Can it be treated? Yes! Many people want immediate relief but it usually will take a little bit of time and effort. The first line of defense for depression is psychotherapy. We can work on talking it out through one of the many scientifically validated treatments for depression. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapt, mindfulness, and emotion focused therapy. Therapy is an effective treatment, the hardest part is starting! If you’ve been struggling with depression it may seem like this is just you, but it doesn't have to be that way. Most people find a significant improvement after taking the tough first step.
Fortunately, when getting out of bed or out of the door can seem overwhelming, our treatment can come right to you! Inquire about our telehealth options today!