Depression is one of the most common reasons that cause people to seek psychotherapy.
Depression is a “whole body” illness, involving your body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. Many people experience depression without realizing and remain in this state for months or years, just surviving by using different methods of coping such as relationships, alcohol, drugs, food, etc. The biochemistry of the brain changes with Depression and we become mentally and physically ill.
Depression can be best described as a feeling of disconnect, emptiness, hopelessness, loneliness, and sorrow.
Common signs and symptoms of depression:
- Sadness, anxiety, or ‘empty’ feelings
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being ‘slowed down’
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Insomnia, oversleeping, or waking much earlier than usual
- Loss of weight or appetite, or overeating and weight gain
- Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism
- Feelings of helplessness, guilt, and worthlessness
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or remembering
- Restlessness, irritability or excessive crying
- Chronic aches and pains or physical problems that do not respond to treatment
In a large number of cases, Depression is an underlying symptom which has been permanent for years, sometimes, since childhood, and the person has spent a lifetime just coping, and using different coping mechanisms (many times destructive) in order to just survive. This is the most common type and the one less noticed. It is accountable for many other issues we suffer in life such as addictions, relationship problems, anger, and even health issues.