How to Tell if You're Struggling with Depression 

By Susan De Nevarrate, MHR, LMFT 

 

 

We all like to think we can handle everything in our lives without the help of others.  Sometimes that is just not possible.  I like to term this as the Worried Well.  How do you know you are struggling with depression that you can’t handle alone?  Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself.

  1. How are you feeling lately?  Have you felt sad, low or hopeless?

  2. Have you lost interest or pleasure in the things you usually like to do?  Have you been as social as usual?  Have you been less interested in interacting with others (family, co-workers)?

Some symptoms you may be experiencing could be:  sleep disturbance, appetite disturbance, loss of energy, difficulty concentrating or feelings of worthlessness.  Have you been moving or talking more slowly than usual?  Have you felt agitated or on edge?  Do you feel like you have to keep talking or moving all the time?  And finally, have you tried to hurt yourself and what stops you from acting on your thoughts.

Depression affects people on many different levels and to differing and varying degrees.  Additionally, for some a mild medication may be part of the answer for a period of time.  However, talk therapy is a great first step to exploring any possible needs.  The first challenge is to pick up the phone and make that call.  However, once you have done that, you have taken the first step to helping yourself.  There are times when we just can’t do it alone.  Pastoral Counseling and Family Therapy Group can help with an evaluation process which may steer you in the right direction and give you that helping hand most of us need at some point in our lives.  I hope this has been a helpful first step in your decision making process to enhance your life experience and move forward.


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