Typically,  when people say they are "depressed" they mean they feel sad or dejected. Usually, after a short while, the cloud passes, and the person feels better. We all feel sad sometimes, but Major Depressive Disorder is something more. It is different from ordinary ups and downs, and it doesn't go away after a few days. This type of ongoing depressed mood may be experienced as feel sad, but it may also be a feeling of emptiness, hopelessness, or a loss of interest or pleasure in most activities. In children or teens, it may largely be experienced as irritability rather than sadness. Some other symptoms of depression can be:

  • weight loss or weight gain

  • trouble falling asleep or sleeping too much

  • being physically agitated or restless, or physically slowed down

  • feeling fatigued or having low energy

  • poor concentration or difficulty making decisions

  • thoughts of death or suicide

  • feelings of worthlessness or guilt

Some people feel anxious and depressed at the same time. Some suffer depression during particular seasons of the year or during pregnancy or shortly afterwards.

When symptoms don't go away for several weeks, they start causing significant distress on most days of the week and they start to get in the way of work, school, relationships, or other areas of one's life, it is time to get some help. 

Or goal is to understand your situation and to help you start feeling better as soon as possible. Then we work on helping you learn the skills you need to move forward. Finally, we can help you learn to manage depressive symptoms whenever they arise to prevent a relapse. Sometimes medication is necessary.We can work with you and your doctor to get you feeling better and ideally to keep you that way. Help is just around the corner. Give us a call today.