Depression is a serious psychiatric mental disorder that afflicts millions of people. However, most people experience feelings of depression in such a way that they are able to adequately function in most key areas - work, parenting, social settings - and they may use words like these to describe their feelings: sluggish, sad, blue, flat, frustrated, stuck, hopeless. Depression can feel like "walking through soup" or "Being in a fog" and the simplest of daily activities begin to feel impossibly exhausting. Depression can also feel physically painful (heart palpitations, chest compression, overall body ache).
Therapy is a safe container and a great environment to review your past choices, personal goals and relationships.
A clinician can expertly lead you through the events of your life with a fresh perspective.
Negative emotions are functional and necessary for a normal human existence. Denying negative emotions, such as anger, guilt, sadness, fear, hopelessness, is a non-functional response that will exponentially make the "normal negative" emotions worse. Avoidance and suppression of feelings will always backfire in misplaced or amplified feelings.
Effective therapy will recognize the experience of your thoughts, emotions, and sensations.
If you have lost pleasure in activities that typically have brought you pleasure and joy, or if feelings of sadness are present throughout 50% of your daily life, it is to your benefit to meet with a professional and effectively examine these feelings.
Thoughts matter too! People who have lived with depression for long periods of time will develop patterns of thinking that create more depression and a web of complicated negative thoughts that simply circle into a feedback loop. Again, expert therapy is a perfect format to critically explore your belief system, how you have come to perceive the world, which thoughts are working for you effectively, and which thoughts are contributing to feeling bad. The reasons for someone becoming depressed are often complex and multidimensional.
Research shows that depression frequently runs in families and is often passed down the generations. Neuroscience suggests that brain development is unique and varies in its capabilities to tolerate stress.
Depression can be an uncertain sense of malaise, a general feeling of loss and sadness, resulting in some quality of life that is adequate and tolerable, while other forms of depression are severe and debilitating. People who have recently experienced trauma are likely to experience depression and anxiety.
Activities that frequently mask underlying depression include compulsive spending, overeating, substance abuse, pornography addiction, extra-marital affairs, and sexual promiscuity.
Untreated depression can lead to symptoms such as irritability, inability to concentrate, mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, lethargy, hopelessness, sexual dysfunction and suicidal thoughts. Normal daily tasks may become overwhelming. Please seek help now.
Copyright of Christina Neumeyer, 2017