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Depression

Depression

 

Only Half of Americans with Depression Will Seek Help

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that 25 million Americans will suffer with depression this year. While that number is astonishing, the more disturbing fact is that only half of those individuals will get help so their symptoms may intensify.

Depression can be like a fog that never seems to lift, leaving us apathetic, lethargic, or indifferent. If it goes on long enough, we may come to think that it’s just a part of our personality. Maybe we are just pessimistic, melancholy, or a glass half empty type of person. Depression can be a consistent, burdensome undercurrent in our lives or it can leave us flat on our back, feeling that things won’t ever get better. We might reach a place of such desperation and hopelessness that we consider suicide. The very elusive nature of depression is that we often don’t recognize it in ourselves. We may know that something is wrong but we just don’t have any idea what. Sometimes it’s our friends or loved ones who encourage us to get help.

 

Some of the symptoms of depression are:

  • Changes in sleeping habits – difficulty going to sleep, waking during the night, or waking early in the morning and being unable to go back to sleep. Typically sleeping too little or too much. This is one of the hallmark symptoms of depression.
  • Withdrawal is another hallmark symptom of depression. This is unfortunate because withdrawing is one of the worst things a depressed person can do.
  • Changes in eating habits, eating much less or much more than normal. Individuals struggling with depression often eat more sugar and carbohydrates.
  • Loss of energy, tiredness, or fatigue.
  • Loss of interest in sex.
  • Difficulties with focus, concentration, and memory.
  • Hopelessness, thoughts that things will never get better. This hopelessness can even lead to thoughts of suicide.
  • Frequent crying, increased anger, irritability.
  • Loss of pleasure in the things you normally enjoy.
  • Negative thinking and rumination. Recalling more negative memories.
  • There can also be an increase in many types of addictive behavior such as using drugs or alcohol, pornography, internet usage, or gambling.

 

Counseling Helps to Return Balance and Health

Counseling Helps to Return Balance and Health

If you think that you may be depressed, if a loved one has told you that they think you may be depressed, and if you are experiencing these symptoms please know that you can get help. Depression is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. It is an emotional and physiological indicator that something in life is out of balance. Counseling can help to return balance and health.

If you would like to make an appointment or if you would like more information, please feel free to contact me at cecilylrodgers@gmail.com or 817-382-0860.