Depression is a painful illness that needs treatment just as a physcial illness does. It does not indicate weakness of character. It's the main cause of disability in 15 - 44-year-old Americans and 16.1 million suffer from Major Depressive Disorder each year as estimated in 2015 according to https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics.
If you think you have depression please read the rest of this page!
Sad mood most days
Lack of motivation for normal activiities
Loss of interest in formerly enjoyable activities
Isolating from loved ones
Poor appetite or overeating
Poor sleep or oversleeping
Poor concentration or poor memory
Fatigue or feeling slowed down
Feeling guilty, hopeless or helpless
Thoughts of suicide or wish to be dead
We all have blue days, feel stressed out at times, or just get grumpy. But if you have had several of these symptoms most days for at least 2 weeks, you may have depression. It may be related to physical illness, loss, major changes in your life or a new stressor. Whatever the situation, recognizing that you aren't feeling well is your first step toward getting better!
I have helped many people struggling with this painful illness to recover and enjoy life again. If you have lost faith in your ability to do so, please call me. I employ a variety of techniques, as appropriate to each individual case, to help clients release their pain and enjoy life again.
Find at least one healthy way to take care of your body.
Call a friend, family member or go be around people, even if only for a short time.
Do an activity with your hands that will keep you busy for awhile. This can help relieve stress.
Read or watch something funny or uplifting.