Feeling low all the time? From time to time, we can all feel sad and crowded and fed
While these are understandable reactions to annoying or stressful events and experiences, it is quite natural to test them for no reason at all. But if they continue, they may be signs of depression. Depression affects one in six of us. A person may develop depression if they suffer from one (or both) of them for more than two weeks.
- Feeling sad, emptiness or bad mood for most of the day, almost every day
- Losing interest or pleasure in almost all activities, even those you usually enjoy.
To diagnose depression, there are specific symptoms that affect a person’s daily life. These may include lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, pessimism, sleep disturbances, irritability, crying, suicidal thoughts, social withdrawal, changes in appetite, loss of sex drive, lack of enthusiasm and pleasure. If you suffer from depression, you will not find ease or comfort. Your feelings of sadness can persist for weeks and months, and they interfere greatly with your relationships, work and health.
DEPRESSION AND THERAPY
It is important to remember that you are not alone, and help is at hand. Talking to Christina Challands, an experienced psychologist at Samford, can support you in developing coping strategies that will help you focus on lifting upward cycles of depression and low mood.
Christina Challands will help you reach down the underlying causes of your depression by working with you to examine the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that contribute to your low mood. Together, you will develop matching strategies designed to enable you to manage low moods, and you will learn tried and tested techniques and tools that can be effective for you in the long run.