Depression has become especially visible in our society. Millions of people likely suffer from it, at varying levels, yet many will never properly identify it. It’s common to think, “just get over it” or “just think positively,” but the truth is, depression is more than just a bad day or reaction to a negative situation.
Suffering from depression can certainly feel as if it controls your life, but therapy can help restore the locus of control to you. By accepting that you have a deeper problem than you may have realized in the past, you can make the changes necessary to live the life you deserve to live, not the life you may feel stuck inside.
The first step in dealing with depression is identifying that there’s a problem. Too many people ignore the signs and simply think they are in a funk. They believe that the feelings they’re experiencing are in their head and that they will simply go away on their own.
Left untreated, depression can significantly affect your life and even lead to suicidal thoughts or behaviors depending on its severity. But you may be confused by how you’re feeling or feel you don’t “qualify” because there are times that you actually feel good, even if those moments are fleeting.
You often lack energy and/or feel fatigued throughout the day.
You have very little interest in activities that you once enjoyed.
You experience mood swings.
You are easily annoyed and irritated by others.
You act more slowly during normal activities.
You have suicidal thoughts or simply don’t want to live anymore.
You notice less sexual interest or desire.
You have difficulty concentrating on even simple tasks.
You often feel sad and/or are prone to crying.
You have a different appetite these days.
You simply feel “blah” about life in general or about an aspect of it.
You feel as if all hope is lost.
The best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones when you’re suffering from depression is to seek treatment. Remember this: you are not alone. Millions of people feel the same way that you do. Once you enter into proper therapy, you will be amazed at how different your life will become. We’re not going to sugarcoat it – the process can be a lengthy one and there will be struggles along the way, but this newfound you will be worth every moment.