Are you feeling sad or blue much of the time? Do you have negative or self-critical thoughts? Does it seem like you cannot enjoy life as much as you did in the past? Is it hard for you to get a good night's sleep or have the energy or motivation to get things done?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be suffering from depression; one of the most common emotional problems people face in our stress-filled world. Depression can cause people to lose their normal vitality, confidence, and ability to deal with life problems.
The good news is that effective treatments are available. Antidepressant medications can offer much help, and scientifically-tested psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Therapy, also work for depression.
The symptoms of depression are:
- Depressed mood; feeling sad much or all of the time
- Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
- Changes in appetite or weight (increase or decrease)
- Insomnia or too much sleep
- Feeling restless or feeling slowed down
- Loss of energy; excessive fatigue
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Trouble concentrating; indecisiveness
- Thoughts of death or suicidal thoughts
The first step to feeling better is to assess your current mood. You may take this free, confidential self-assessment in the privacy of your home. You may also schedule a private consultation appointment.