Depression can be a complicated condition and like many diseases or ailments does not follow an exact path from onset to recovery. Feeling depressed for most people is a normal part of life, the ebb and flow of life’s ups and downs. Depression exists on a continuum from mild to severe and all points in between.
For many people who experience a mild form of depression, talk therapy is very helpful in alleviating symptoms of depression and understanding how to keep symptoms at bay. Though not entirely possible, creating and maintaining healthy relationships and lifestyle is a good way to help in your recovery.
As is common when people experience depressed feelings when someone special passes away, most people will feel low but recover quickly and experience normal depression with sadness, tearfulness, low mood, inability to concentrate. However if symptoms expand to include insomnia for example or are persisting and even worsening, the best course of action is to call your doctor right away. Most primary care doctors are able to assess for levels of depression and help you make a decision on things like a) ruling out a medical reason for the depression, b) recommendations for changes to nutritional causes, 3) support for issues related to drug or alcohol abuse c) making referrals to a therapist, substance abuse treatment, or psychiatric medication specialist, d) exploring family history of mental disorders including OCD, Anxiety, Bipolar I and II.
There are many facets of an individual depression and can require short term expert assistance to manage symptoms in order to get back to what you do best, leading a productive, fulfilling life.
Some to the feelings which can underlie depression include:
- low self esteem
If you are struggling to get your “self” back and find you are just getting by during the day, Contact us today for a 15 minute consult to talk about what is going on for you and how we can help.
If you are experiencing severe symptoms of depression and have landed on this page, please, please reach out to a friend, family member or go to a hospital emergency room, feeling better is possible if you reach out and let someone help you through this.