Many people have depression in the U.S. Approximately 3 million people are diagnosed with depression every year. 80% of people suffering never get treatment. 60-80% of depression cases are treatable with therapy and medication. There are many reasons people get depression. Some of the causes are life events, stressed relationships, family, weather, and inherited traits. There are also emotional or mental causes such as self-criticism, unrealistic expectations, and distorted thoughts or beliefs.
Simply stated, depression is an attempt to cope with pain. Everyone has emotional pain, but many of us do not have a support system. So, we get depression.
Symptoms of Depression:
• Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
• Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
• Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
• Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
• Appetite and/or weight changes
• Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
• Restlessness, irritability
• Persistent physical symptoms
More Thoughts on Depression
Depression is a serious condition. It is not a choice. People cannot snap-out of depression; it is a mood disorder not a bad mood. Everybody’s symptoms are unique, some have anger while others might have sadness. All depressed people seem to have a form of negativity.
My Perspective of Depression
Ultimately, depression is a form of lifelessness. Depression takes us out of living and can severely impact our relationships. Depression is a form of disconnection that makes us a stranger to ourselves and others. At Living in Connection, the intention is to regain our connection with life.
One reason we disconnect from life is because of pain. To reclaim our lives, many of us are required to be courageous to face the pain. Everybody’s challenge with depression is different. Many can benefit from expert guidance. If you are struggling with depression, contact Isaiah Hulme (916)743-6698 for a free phone consultation.