But when emptiness and despair take hold and won’t go away, it may be depression.
More than just the temporary “blues,” the lows of depression make it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did.
Hobbies and friends don’t interest you like they used to; you’re exhausted all the time; and just getting through the day can be overwhelming.
When you’re depressed, things may feel hopeless, but with help and support you can get better.
What is depression?
There are those who describe depression as feeling like being in a ‘black hole’ or feeling an intense sense of dread.
However, there are others who experience depression not with sadness, but with feelings of apathy, hopelessness and emptiness.
While the symptoms for depression are many, there is a difference from a state of sadness which passes after a short period of time. Depression can interfere with normal functioning and can impede everyday life, from work to school to relationships and the ability to have fun.
Depression often accompanies feelings of worthlessness, lifelessness, and helplessness. It can seem very unrelenting and strong without very little relief.
Some symptoms can include:
- Lack of energy
- Seeing small tasks as daunting
- Feelings of guilt and failure
- Feeling anxious
- Feeling sad, helpless and discouraged
- Difficulty sleeping
You are not alone
Just the idea of being able to tackle your depression can feel overwhelming, but it is possible.
Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness are symptoms of depression. However, it does not mean that things can’t change or that you are weak!
The key to recovering from depression is to take small steps and reaching out for help.
There are many forms of therapy that can be a helpful for depression. Therapy can provide you with tools to cope with depression in various ways.
It’s also possible that what you learn in therapy can give you the insights and skills to reduce the changes of depression from returning.
Psychotherapy may also help you to understand and work through the source of your depression. It can help you to get a grasp of why you feel a certain way, what may trigger depression for you, and ways of practicing self-care.
As a relational psychotherapist working in downtown Toronto, my style is empathic, safe and caring. More information regarding my fees can be found on the Fees & Policies page.
Please contact me to schedule a complimentary first session to give you and I the opportunity to determine if I am the right therapist for you.