How does someone go from being happy and hard-working to sad, sluggish, and distant? How does someone who was once so lively and energetic lose their energy and motivation? Does this sound like you or someone you know? Feeling sad sometimes is normal; everyone feels sad from time to time. However, if this sadness continues over a period of several months or even longer, this may actually be depression.
Depression is a mental illness characterized by prolonged sadness that has life-altering effects. Depression is accompanied by symptoms that can show up differently in everyone; a few common signs of depression include fatigue, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, irritability, excessive sleeping, increased appetite or loss of appetite, and even physical pain. Depression can prevent you from living your daily life, and it can start to affect those around you. If left untreated, depression can put you at risk for suicide. Depression is an illness of the mind that takes over your life and can make you feel worthless. Depression is a chemical imbalance that requires treatment by a mental health professional. It is important to remember that having depression and seeking help for your disorder is not a sign of weakness; in fact, managing and treating your depression is a sign of great strength.
There are ways to combat this vicious condition, and the first step is getting help. If you or someone you know are showing signs of depression, consulting with a mental health professional is essential. Finding the right treatment plan may take some time, but it is important that you work with your therapist to educate yourself on your condition and learn how to manage your symptoms. The mental health professionals you work with will be able to determine whether medication is the right option for you; however, medication alone might not be the best solution. Lifestyle changes like healthy diet, exercise, and regular therapy sessions in combination with medication can be even more effective in improving your overall mental health than any one of these practices alone. Finding a support system can also prove to be extremely beneficial. Mental health is typically shrouded in negative stigmas, and many people don’t understand what mental illnesses like depression truly entail; finding a trusted friend, family member, or mental health counselor to who understands and is willing to support you can be very helpful on your mental health journey.
If you think you or someone you know is showing signs of depression, contact Emergent Counseling and Consulting.