Part of being human is having times when we feel down or not at our best. For many people, these “blues” are brief and they bounce back and continue moving forward. However, others may find they have trouble navigating life as a result of depression. Depression impacts daily living! Many clients have shared that experiencing ongoing depression makes it hard to be a good employee, parent, or to even believe things will get better.
Believe it or not, symptoms of depression often go unnoticed and unchecked. Some people experiencing depression feel it's hard to talk about with friends and family. Because of these beliefs, clients often seek out a therapist to help combat their sense of isolation and fears about being alone.
There are many signs of depression and it's different for each person.
A few of the signs:
Feeling sad or anxious most of the time
Feel like there’s an emptiness inside
Feeling hopeless or unable to manage parts of life that were manageable in the past
Less motivation or interest in activities once enjoyed
Trouble with sleep or appetite that are not due to other physical or medical issue
There's no need to keep struggling and feeling alone!
Reach out today for help from a caring and supportive psychologist
Just as everyone feels down or blue in response to a specific situation, you can also feel anxious or worried. Some events like a job interview or public speaking are positive events that tend to increase anxiety and worry. Usually after the event is over, people re-group and return to a fairly normal, stable way of life.
However, repeatedly being stressed out or responding poorly to challenges, can result in ongoing (chronic) symptoms of anxiety. Chronic anxiety is more serious than situation specific worry. In fact, more severe types of anxiety can lead to fears about leaving home or physical symptoms commonly referred to as panic attacks.
Many people don't know that a person can experience symptoms
of anxiety and depression at the same time
Some general symptoms of concerning anxiety:
Shortness of breath
Not feeling calm more days than not
Several things can contribute to experiencing depression and anxiety!
Your genetics, or family history, can be a contributor. Experiencing negative events in childhood, ongoing physical problems like chronic illness or pain, or major life events like loss of a partner, loss of a job, or health diagnosis can all play a role.
The good news is taking the step to receive therapeutic support helps in knowing you're not alone, learning that symptoms of depression or anxiety are quite common, and there are tools and techniques to help you on the road to recovery!