Depression is an overwhelming feeling of sadness and hopelessness where it takes over you and can lead to suicidal thoughts. Depression will take away your desire to do the things you used to enjoy doing. It takes away your will to go to work. It takes away your ability to get daily tasks done and takes you away from enjoying being around your friends and family. Many will want to stay in bed and start to avoid things they have to do.
Symptoms of Depression
Too much or too little sleep
Hopelessness for the future
Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
Feelings of guilt and unworthiness
Increase or loss of appetite
Weight loss or weight gain
Treatment for Depression
Depression is treatable and you can learn how to manage your depressive symptoms or get back to your old self. Psychotherapy is proven to be helpful for depressive symptoms. Specifically, Cognitive Behaviroural Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be quite effective for depression. CBT looks at how we can start changing our thought and behavioural patterns to influence how we feel. Some people do require a combination of medications and CBT to overcome their symptoms of depression. I have been utilizing cognitive behaviroural therapy for many years and have observed the benefits for many individuals.