Are you Feeling Depressed?
By definition, if you have extreme sadness or despair that lasts for at least two weeks or longer it's possible you're suffering from depression.
Depressed individuals tend to feel helpless and hopeless and they blame themselves for having these feelings. Depression interferes with activities of daily living — such as working or concentrating on tasks, daily self-care, parenting, even eating and sleeping. Energy is very low.
Depression might also cause you to have chronic pain, headaches or stomach aches. You might feel angry or restless for long periods. You may become overwhelmed and exhausted and stop participating in certain everyday activities altogether. You may withdraw from family and friends. You may have thoughts of death or suicide.
Each year depression affects about 25 million Americans but only one-half seek any support or treatment. Without support and some form of treatment, the frequency and severity of depression will tend to increase over time and it generally remains a chronic lifelong issue.
Depression is considered the most significant mental health issue for women. Women experience depression at a rate of two times that of men each year in the U.S.
Can Depression be healed? Absolutely.
As a psychotherapist I have over 16 years of experience working with depression and helping clients recover from it.