Depression is a disease and common medical condition. It is not caused by a personal or character weakness and is not something you can “snap out of” to change the way you feel. Depression is different than occasionally feeling sad or blue. Those feelings go away, while depression symptoms can last weeks, months, and even years.
Although symptoms of depression can vary among people, common symptoms include frequently feeling sad or empty, decrease in energy, feelings of guilt and unworthiness, lack of interest in normal daily activities you typically enjoy, difficulty focusing and making decisions, changes in eating habits accompanied by weight gain or loss, over sleeping or inability to sleep, and feelings of worry or anxiousness. Depression can affect your body physically with headaches, digestive problems, daily aches and pains, and loss of interest in sex.
There are many triggers that can lead to depression including stressful life events like losing a loved one, divorce, changes in environment, problems at work or home, or having a baby. Other contributing factors include having a family history of depression or an imbalance of chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters. The good news is that depression is treatable with Cognitive Behavior Therapy CBT. Cognitive Behavior Therapy has been shown to be effective in treating depression. It’s time to end the suffering and find out how Cognitive Behavior Therapy can help you!