Depression is more common than many of us realize, affecting up to 10% of the population. We all feel blue or down sometimes, for days or a few weeks at a time. We feel grief at the loss of someone close to us, and mourning is normal and natural. Disappointment over losing out on a job we wanted or feeling awful after the end of a relationship are painful and completely normal feelings. Clinical depression is different. Depression is the experience of low mood, lack of interest in activities once enjoyed, isolating, poor focus and concentration, etc., over an extended period of time.
When Does It Make Sense To Get Help With Depression?
Depression looks different in different people, but you should consider seeking help if you experience the symptoms below. Some report feeling irritable, impatient, angry and/or feeling like crying often, while others report feeling emotionally blunted or ‘numb.’. Some might find it hard to sleep, or they sleep too much. Some find they eat or drink to excess, while others say they have no appetite. In adults, men and women may both report low libido. Children may report feeling sick and frequently ask to stay home from school. The moody feeling and the symptoms can persist for weeks, months or even years at a time. Seeking help makes sense whenever the symptoms of depression make you feel like you just aren’t yourself anymore, or facing your life everyday just leaves you feeling flat or empty. (Get help right away if you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, by calling 911).
Talk therapy, specifically Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), has been proven to be very effective in treating Depression. For some, when talk therapy is combined with appropriate medication by a physician, the outcome can be even more beneficial than either talk therapy or medication alone. Each person is different, and no single solution works the same for everyone.
The Next Step On The Path To Feeling Better Is To Get Help:
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For more information on Depressive Disorders, please check out the website for the Canadian Mental Health Assocication (CMHA)