Do you ever feel alone? Hopeless? Like no one understands what you are going through? Are you having difficulty sleeping or feel that you can’t wake up in the morning? Have you experienced appetite or weight changes? Do you feel like you just find no happiness or interest in the passions and hobbies that you once found pleasure in? Having trouble concentrating or making decisions? Do you feel like a tape recorder is playing the same thing over and over in your head and it won’t stop? Do you feel irritable and angry all the time? Does your family and friend tell you just to get over it?
Do you wish you could, but you just can’t shake it?
If you feel like this, you may be experiencing depression. Depression is more common than you think. Millions of people suffer from depression every year. However, the good news is there is hope. Depression is extremely treatable. Research has proven time and time again that counseling can help with depression. It doesn’t have to feel this way forever.
How Do I Know If I Have Depression?
It’s normal to feel down when life throws you unexpected curves such as losses of relationships, conflict, or changes. Moods are a fact of life. We all feel happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, and fear. However, depression is like a dark cloud that doesn’t leave and disrupts a person’s life. It persists, and makes the simplest of tasks feel impossible. Family and friends who have never experienced depression often can’t understand how it truly feels. It’s common to think that no one can help.
Here are some of the symptoms of depression:
- Persistent sadness
- Diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or hypersomnia (sleeping too much)
- Inability to concentrate
- Slowed thinking or difficulty making decisions
- Chronic fatigue or loss of energy
- Prolonged feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
- Irritability or anger outbursts
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Why Do I Feel This Way?
Anyone can get depression. Sometimes depression is hereditary and runs in families and sometimes it can be triggered by a stressful event in your life. This can sometimes initiate a turn into a downward spiral into a depressive episode. Stress can induce structural and functional changes in your brain and can cause a cascade of problems. However, regardless of the causes, it is important to remember that you don’t have to figure it out alone.
How Can Thriveworks-Wyomissing Help?
At Thriveworks-Wyomissing, a counselor will meet with you to help you determine if you are suffering from depression and help you understand what you are going through. There are different types of depression, and adults and children may experience depression differently. The counselors at Thriveworks-Wyomissing are educated and experienced and can help you get through the dark tunnel to finally see the light. If you would like, they can also help your family understand it as well. Depression can impact, disrupt, and steal everything such as your family, your friends, your work, your drive, your motivation, your fun and joy. It can rob your life.
Let’s defeat this enemy. Let’s get you on the road to restoration and relieve your pain. Don’t struggle and fight this battle alone any longer. Call us and we will try to get you an appointment within 24 hours. Get relief from depression. Reclaim your life back. Don’t lose hope. There is so little to lose, but so much to gain.
Be a Thriver!