Treatment for Depression

Depression* can be a grieving process, whether it be for the loss of a relationship or the loss of a perceived / ideal self. Similar to anxiety, depression may serve a function in your life. It can take you out of a hectic life and force you to be with yourself, to withdraw from the world. We can become accustomed to a mode of being. When we get upset, or highly anxious, we can get depressed. When we feel worthless, overwhelmed by perfectionism, we can get depressed. When we feel that true connection with others is impossible, when we lose hope, we can become depressed.

Major Symptoms of Depression

  • Depressed / sad mood
  • Diminished ability to enjoy activities previously enjoyed / difficulties experiencing pleasure
  • Significant increase or decrease in weight or appetite
  • Thoughts and physical movements are slowed
  • Fatigue / loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness / excessive feelings of guilt
  • Difficulties thinking and concentrating / indecisiveness
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal ideation and / or intent

These symptoms occur much of the day or almost daily for at least two weeks. These symptoms are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5 (DSM 5) and serve as a general guideline when considering whether or not a person is experiencing a depressive episode. However, depression, like other mental health conditions, has different symptom presentations for everyone and should be considered on a case by case basis.

If you feel you may be depressed or that you may suffer from depression, therapy can provide the support, psycho-education, and a conceptual framework to better understand the condition as you decide how to navigate the way in which you experience and express these difficult emotions.

*Depression: a mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, typically also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy and disturbance of appetite and sleep.

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