We all feel sad from time to time, in fact, it's even normal!
But sometimes your occasional sadness turns into weeks, months, or even years. Feeling more than occasional sadness, is more than just a bad day, it could be clinical depression. When it comes to mood, it's really easy for people to dismiss feeling sad and hope that it will start to get better on its own.
But without treatment, you can't shake depression. Depression can get worse and prevent you from living a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Symptoms of Depression
Everyone experiences depression differently. Some people describe depression as feeling sad, blue, or meh. Other's describe it as feeling like they are in a deep hole and unable to crawl out or like they are suffocating. Listed below are some common signs of depression:
Emotional symptoms such as feeling sad, blue, hopeless, irritable, quilt, lonely, anxious or agitated, or numb inside, mood swings
Mental signs such as negative self talk, difficulty concentrating, difficulty making decisions throughout the day, thoughts of suicide or death
Physical symptoms such as being tired often, having low energy or motivation to do thing, headaches, chronic pain, digestive problems,
Spirit such as no longer doing things that you used to enjoy doing
Behavioral signs such as sleeping too much or too little, changes in appetite, difficulties sitting still, unexplained weight loss or gain,
Therapy Can Help Depression
If you can relate to a lot to the symptoms above, therapy can help!
Therapy can help you gain control of your emotions and help you find balance to move forward.
Therapy for depression is not a one size fits all. Treatment is individual to the person and their unique situation and circumstances.
A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework combined with mindfulness skills has been shown to be highly effective in treating depression.
Trillium Psychology differs from other mental health providers, in that a holistic approach is taken and that emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of health are integrated into therapy.
For those who are interested in integrating Indigenous cultural practices, the CBT framework allows for incorporating traditional or cultural healing strategies into treatment.
Don't let depression keep you from living the life you want. You don't have to tackle this on your own.
Other Counselling Services at Trillium Psychology
Along with specializing in depression, Trillium Psychology also specializes in stress and anxiety. Leaving stress unmanaged can often lead to depression or anxiety. And often times, depression and anxiety occur together. Click here to learn more about stress. Click here to learn more about anxiety. Trillium Psychology can help you with your mental health and get you back to feeling balanced and well.