Wow. When did everything just go south? Where is the light in the world? I am just not motivated to do anything. I can’t sleep and I am exhausted all the time. I can’t concentrate. I notice I am preoccupied with negative thoughts about myself, and my place in the world. I am having trouble with remembering to get things done, or those things don’t even seem important anymore. I don’t enjoy things that used to bring me pleasure, so what’s the point of doing them? Sometimes I feel I can’t have any positive feelings at all.
What does that mean for me?
Depression can show up differently in people, but it often is described “like a gray cloud hanging over my head.” Depression is common, affecting more than 16 million people over the age of 18 each year – one in 6 people over their lifetime. But historically, our society hasn't really talked about this. There is a stigma that depressed people are weak. This stigma further amplifies the overwhelming feeling of isolation, despair, and sadness and it prevents people of getting help.
What can I do?
If you notice you are depressed, or if the statements above ring true to you, talk to a health care professional. You may be experiencing depression.
Here’s the good news. Depression is very treatable. Studies have shown that the most effective treatment regimens have included a combination of counseling/psychotherapy and medication. But what is most important, is that you reach out. Your therapist will work along side you to develop a treatment plan individualized to you and your needs and situation. Many people who reach out for help experience some relief just by making an appointment. Because with an appointment comes hope. And hope is essential.
Therapists can use several methods assist persons experiencing depression. Common interventions include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy, and Mindfulness.