We all experience sadness in response to difficult situations, and usually, feelings of sadness will pass with time; however, depression can interfere with daily functioning and impact every aspect of a person's life, from self-care, to career, to relationships with others. Clinical depression is not something that you can just "snap out of" or "get over."
Symptoms of Depression include:
- Disturbances in sleep and appetite
- Feelings of irritability or anger
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
- Tearfulness and feelings of sadness
- Feelings of guilt and shame
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thoughts of harming yourself
If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms listed above for longer than two weeks, it is possible you may be dealing with depression. Therapy can assist in identifying and challenging negative thinking patterns and irrational beliefs that contribute to general feelings of depression, as well as in changing behavior to improve mood and functioning. Through therapy, you will receive support, education, and practical strategies to help manage depression.