Posted by: counselorcarmella | July 12, 2011

The Depths of Despair

NKJ

Every year, 9.5 million American adults struggle with clinical depression. It occurs in people of all ages, races, professions, and socioeconomic classes. Although we all have times when we feel low, if you find yourself experiencing more than one of these symptoms for two weeks or more, you probably should seek help.

 

  • you experience changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • You begin using substances more frequently.
  • you have strong feelings of sadness, guilt, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • you lose interest in or the ability to enjoy activities you normally find fun.
  • you’re having trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • You have aches and pains that don’t seem to have a clear cause
  • You  easily become tearful or  irritable
  • You become unable to experience emotions
  • You stay to yourself and withdraw from loved ones.
  • you generally have a lack of energy or motivation
  • you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, such as “I’m no good,” “or I can’t do anything right.”
  • you have thoughts of death or suicide, want  to go to sleep and not wake up, or have a sense of not caring if something were to happen to you
  • Everything seems blah or gray
  • You feel as though you move or think slower than you used to
  • You feel anxious and overwhelmed
  • You feel trapped or stuck

 

There are different types of depression. It is highly treatable. It doesn’t mean  a person is weak, or that they don’t have faith. Spiritual   problems may be involved, but depression can also be brought on by chronic stress due to financial, work or marital problems, or sadness over the loss of a loved one. Other causes for depression can be related to changes in the brain or in hormone levels, side effects of medications, another health condition, or problems with drugs or alcohol.

 

Treatment for the different types of depression can involve both medication  and counseling.  There are various types of talk therapies that help with depression. There are also  various antidepressants and other medications that can help with  symptoms and  to regulate  neurotransmitters in the brain that may be  contributing to symptoms. If you think you may be experiencing depression, it’s time to talk to someone. If possible, first share with someone close to you about how you are feeling and your desire to seek help. Ask them to pray with you and for you. Consult your physician or  seek out a qualified counselor in your area.

 

 

If you suspect that someone you know may be depressed, ask them about how they are feeling and  offer to help.  People who are depressed often feel very alone and as if they’ll never feel better.  You can reassure your loved one that there is hope and that you will help them  get to a professional who understands depression and its treatments.

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