If you struggle with clinical depression, know that you are not alone.
Depression is the one of the most common mental health disorders in Arlington, Texas and the United States – but it’s one of the most treatable conditions as well.
Depression is more than feeling blue or being sad. It’s a feeling of apathy that reaches right down into your soul and derails your life and relationships.
The effects of depression can vary from person to person. Studying your symptoms and understanding your negative cycle will be the strongest guide to battling depression on your road to recovery.
Below are some of the following signs and symptoms of depression described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) that licensed depression counselors use to determine clinical depression. Be sure to write down which ones affect you so you can share them with your counselor:
- Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
- Little or no interest in doing things you once thought were fun or enjoyable
- Changes in your appetite or weight
- Difficulty sleeping nearly every day
- Psychomotor agitation or appearing confused
- Loss of energy to the point of fatigue
- Feelings of negative self-worth or self-esteem
- Trouble concentrating or focusing on tasks
Other depression symptoms could look like:
- Unexplained anger or rage
- Immature or regressed behaviors
- Expressing that the world is “better off without me”
- Binge watching shows on Netflix
- Feeling as if you have a lack of control or lack of voice in your own life
If many of the signs describe you, observe yourself and your natural cycle. Do one of these symptoms show up during certain times of the month or after certain events? If one symptoms starts, does it lead to a second or third symptom?
Depression is not a simple medical illness, because the cause cannot be pinpointed through an examination or medical test. You and your depression counselor must be prepared to investigate a variety of potential causes.
WHAT CAUSES DEPRESSION?
Brain chemistry and hormone changes top the list of causes. Be observant of your monthly cycles or changes in workout regimens. Also, encourage your primary care physician to test your hormone levels, especially testosterone and estrogen. Certain medications can effect your mental health as well. Major medical events can promote depression. Postpartum depression is a name for depression common with women who have given birth in the last year. Also, statistics show people who have just had a major surgery, like cardiac surgery after a heart attack or to prevent one, experience depression after the operation.
ARE THERE EXTERNAL FACTORS OF DEPRESSION?
Weather can also be a factor in an increase of depression and abruptly change our normal cycle. Less sunshine in the winter or the cold weather can cause us to stay indoors more often. Other events in our lives can also trigger situational depression. Events like car accidents or grieving the loss of a loved one can cause us to have extended periods of depression that we have never experienced before.
Finding a strong clinical team can give you the best chance at successfully moving past your depression and living a full life.
The counselors at Mending Clinic in Arlington, Texas are trained to help you beat depression with peaceful, safe support and connection. Trust your depression counselor to guide you through the process, so you may once again experience a full life by reconnecting with past friends, developing a constant exercise routine, and discovering and living out your personal vision and purpose.