"It's Like A Dark Cloud That Wont Go Away"
Depression is one of the most challenging, yet one of the most common psychiatric disorders. Different from popular belief, it is not prolonged sadness. Sadness is a normal and expected part of being alive and human, depression is not. Depression is actually not an emotion, it is a state of mind in which emotions are being suppressed. It is not a discrete disorder but a signal on the dashboard of your life. It's time to talk to someone.
Although unique to each person, there are some common experiences to depression. One of the most prominent symptoms is called "Anhedonia" or the inability to experience pleasure. Things you once enjoyed just seem dull and bland, your motivation is zapped, and you find yourself wanting to isolate or be alone. Those who seek help for depression often report feeling "like a black cloud is always hovering over me" and are burdened by excessive guilt. Changes in appetite and sleep are often common too. In fact, difficulty falling asleep and/or waking up early in the morning without being able to fall back asleep are common early symptoms of a depressive episode. Excessive fatigue, irritability, feelings of emptiness, and difficulty concentrating are other common complaints. Underpinnings of depression include issues with self esteem, self-criticism, unworthiness, misdirected anger, meaninglessness, social disconnection, fear, and trauma.
Good news is, it is easily treatable! We have helped many face their depression, learn new skills, and regain their old vitality (or find it for the first time). Don't wait until it takes over your life, the earlier you seek help, the better off you will be and the more likely you will be able to avoid depressive episodes in the future.