Depression

What Is Clinical Depression?

Clinical depression is more than feeling sad.  If you are clinically depressed, you may have a depressed mood most of the day, and a loss of interest in normal activities and relationships.   You may have symptoms that are present every day for at least 2 weeks. In addition, according to the DSM-5  ( a manual used to diagnose mental health conditions)  you may have these other symptoms:

  • Fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
  • Impaired concentration, indecisiveness
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
  • Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day (called anhedonia, this symptom can be indicated by reports from significant others)
  • Restlessness or feeling slowed down
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
  • Significant weight loss or gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month)

Depression is real and painful, but with help, it can get better.  If you suffer from depression or know someone who does, working with a therapist is a good start to overcoming your depression. I am available to help. Contact me to book a therapy session.