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DEPRESSION & MOOD

Symptoms

● Sad, feeling low, irritable, feeling "the blues"

● Low energy, fatigue

● Difficulty concentrating and making decisions

● Loss of interest in things you used to like

● Difficulty falling asleep, sleeping too much, restless sleep

● Overeating or low appetite

● Feeling worthlessness or inappropriate guilt

● Hopelessness

● Feeling empty or numb

● Thoughts of death or suicide

Do I need help?

Have you been feeling depressed for 2 weeks or more and your symptoms won't go away? Have you noticed that you aren't feeling or acting like your normal self? Has it been difficult for you to get through your days and cope with typical daily problems? Has your family life, work or school life, or other major areas of your life been negatively impacted by your symptoms? Have you been thinking about death or suicide?

These are all signs you need to take action to start feeling better. The choice to seek help can be a difficult one, and finding a doctor and a therapist can feel overwhelming when you aren't feeling well. Luckily, many resources are available to those seeking change in their life.

Getting help

A good first step is to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. They will often suggest routine bloodwork to rule our thyroid problems or common deficiencies. Particularly if your depression is severe or you are thinking about suicide, you may wish to go on an anti-depressant medication.

Psychotherapy as provided by a mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychotherapist, or counselor, is an effective way to address depression. Therapy or counseling sessions typically occur once a week and often involve learning strategies and coping skills to address your problems. Finding the right therapist for you is important for your care. If you are interested in learning more, please see my information about Individual Psychotherapy.