In the depth of winter, I found that there was an invincible summer.
– Albert Camus
Depression can occur for many different reasons. Extreme or ongoing stress, the loss of a job or romantic partner, the death of a loved one, or family genetics can make you more likely to develop a biochemical imbalance. No matter what the reason, being depressed hurts. There are many medications that can be very helpful for some people. The truth is that long-term positive results in lifting depression occurs when a person also seeks therapy to figure out and address its cause. Many people can work their way out of depression without taking any medication.
Recognize the Warning Signs of Depression
- Do I feel so sad or depressed that I am not functioning as I should?
- Am I often lying awake at night worrying?
- Am I losing weight?
- Do I feel overwhelmed most of the time?
- Do I feel isolated and alone with my problem?
- Am I drinking too much? Is my drinking interfering with how I function with family, my job or in other ways? Is it adversely affecting my health?
- Am I using pills to get me through the day?
- Am I drinking too much coffee each day? Excessive caffeine can be hard on your body and can reduce your ability to manage stress.
- Am I yelling or crying too much? You probably can recognize if your moods are exceeding what is normal for you.
- Am I losing my temper with people who are close to me?
- Am I thinking about suicide?
- Do I feel that I am out of control of my situation or at the end of my rope?
- Is my body telling me that I am under too much stress?
- Do I often feel panicky, nervous, or frightened?
- Is it hard for me to make decisions?
If you recognize that you are experiencing some or many of the above feelings, it may be that you are carrying too heavy a burden without enough help. Most people can feel much better given the right assistance. I know the darkness, I am not afraid of it, and I can help you find the way out.
Please contact me with any questions you may have.