Although everyone has some days of feeling down and blue, clinical depression lasts longer than just a few days, and can have a major negative impact on a person’s well-being. People with depression cannot just “snap out of it,” and often feel even worse when they expect themselves to be able to do so. Depression is not a weakness in character. It is not laziness. Depression is an illness which leads to changes in mood, thinking, and behavior. Some people inherit a risk to develop depression, while others become depressed when stress or low self-esteem leads to the physical reaction that accompanies depression.
Some typical symptoms of depression include depressed mood over time, loss of interest in activities that used to be pleasurable, appetite and sleep changes, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, feelings of worthlessness, and recurrent thoughts of death and/or suicide. Often, people with depression become more irritable, angry, withdrawn, tearful, and inactive. They tend to think negative thoughts and feel hopeless about anything improving. As you can imagine, depression can affect all aspects of someone’s life. It is hard to function well in relationships, at work, and with day-to-day tasks when even the smallest chore seems overwhelming.
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Combined treatment for depression, including talk therapy and anti-depressant medication can help alleviate the symptoms of depression. Talk therapy, depending on the person’s individual needs, can involve challenging negative/destructive thinking, setting solid goals for healthy activities, building self-care, and a more confident self-image, and making changes that may help reduce or manage stress. Often a person with depression feels very alone. Depression therapy can help the person become more active, feel part of their world again, and have more hope.