Depression and loss

Wondering if you’re depressed?

It is normal to feel sad when unfortunate things happen. However, when the sadness persists and interferes with your sense of happiness, psychotherapy may prove helpful.

People who suffer from depression report a loss of motivation for things that previously gave them joy; are easily overwhelmed; feel hopeless or helpless; and, find themselves withdrawing from others. They tend to blame themselves for their illness or figure they should ‘just get over it.”

Here’s some common ways depression shows up . . .

  • “I feel that something is missing. Nothing is wrong. Why does everything feel blah?”
  • “Ever since my partner died nothing seems worthwhile.
  • “I wake at 3 AM and can’t get back to sleep”
  • “I sit around and watch television all day. I don’t feel like doing anything.”
  • “I cry at the drop of a hat.”

Depression treatment need not take years of psychotherapy. You can begin to feel better – and more hopeful – often within a few sessions. Coming out of the depression will however take longer. Nonetheless, it’s my experience that with treatment many folks feel better than they felt before their depression hit.

You might find the following article helpful: Signs of Depression

Want some inspiration? Here is a depression poem you might enjoy: Depression Poem

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