At times, most people have felt sad or depressed. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to the events we experience in life, losses, bad experiences, rejections, and low self-esteem. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in the U.S. alone, it is estimated that about 14.8 million adults suffer from major depression.
It is when feelings of sadness, including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless last for many days to weeks and keep you from functioning normally, that your depression may be something more than just sadness. It may very well be clinical depression, a treatable medical condition.
Depression is described as a state of low mood and aversion to activity or apathy that can affect a person's thoughts, feelings, behavior, and sense of well-being. People with a depressed mood can have feelings of worthlessness, guilt, helplessness, anxiousness, and anger. They might also feel ashamed, empty, sad, hopeless, irritable, or restless. People experiencing depression may experience relationship difficulties, lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable, experience overeating, or a loss of appetite. They oftentimes have problems concentrating and find it difficult to remember details, and make decisions. People with more serious, or untreated forms of depression may contemplate, attempt or commit suicide. Trouble falling or staying asleep, fatigue, excessive sleeping, aches, pains, digestive problems, or reduced energy may also be present.
If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of depression mentioned above, it is essential that you let your primary care doctor know so that they can rule out other possible causes. They may refer you to a mental health professional for a further psychological assessment. This assessment will help you can understand what is going on so that it can be treated as effectively as possible. The good news about depression is that it is the most treatable of all mental illnesses. About 60 percent to 80 percent of depressed people can be treated successfully.
We Can Help
At the Granoff Group, our expertise helps our clients to develop a systematic approach to dealing with their depression. If you would like to speak with us about getting help for your depression-Call us for a free consultation at 617-433-8483.