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Do you feel sad all the time, lack energy and have feelings of hopelessness? Instead of looking forward to each new day, you might dread just starting the day. If so, you may be experiencing depression. Everyone at one point or another in their lives feels sadness. After some time, the feelings pass. For those suffering from depression, the feelings not only linger, but they can intensify. Your loved ones might try and cheer you up by saying things like, “It’s not that bad” or “Get over it.” Although they love you, quite often it makes things worse. Depression can be hereditary, triggered by a difficult life event or trauma suffered as a child. Some difficult triggers can include: the death of a loved one, divorce, illness, or drug/alcohol abuse. Sometimes life transitions that can seem positive such as: planning a wedding, having a child, empty nesters or retirement, can actually trigger feelings of depression.
Depression might include:
- Feelings of sadness, loneliness or worthlessness
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Difficulties completing the simplest tasks such as bathing and daily chores
- Excessive eating or loss of appetite
- Inability to stay focused or concentrate on tasks
- Negative thoughts
- Physical aches and pains
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Therapy Help for Depression
When the feelings of depression have become extreme and you’re not sure how to cope with them, it is necessary to reach out for support. Depression Therapy or Counseling is a wonderful opportunity to peel back the layers of depression, learn effective techniques to manage depression, and to create a happier, peaceful and balanced life.