Everyone feels sad sometimes. It is a normal part of life. But when emptiness and despair take hold and won’t go away, it may be depression. More than just the temporary “blues,” the lows of depression make it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Hobbies and friends don’t interest you like they used to; you’re exhausted all the time; and just getting through the day can be overwhelming. When you’re depressed like this, things may feel hopeless.
Sometimes, depression can be a reaction to something that has happened outside of you (relationship or job loss). Sometimes, it can be due to a medical condition (i.e. some physical illnesses or conditions), medication or other substance use (i.e. alcohol).

When people are depressed, they may feel or have:
1. Helpless and hopeless
2. Loss of interest in daily activities
3. Increased or decreased appetite
4. Weight loss or gain
5. Sleep changes (can’t get to sleep, wake up early, want to sleep longer/all the time)
6. Irritability or restlessness
7. Loss of energy
8. Trouble concentrating
9. Guilt
10. Physical aches and pains

With depression, life may not feel like it is worth living. Learning about depression—including its signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment—is the first step to confronting and overcoming the problem. With help and support, your life can get better.

The professionals at Psychological HealthCare have training and experience in treating depression. It is important to know that depression is a treatable illness, and Psychological HealthCare offer many therapeutic options for treatment.