COULD IT BE DEPRESSION?
You are not alone. Depression will effect about 1 in every 6 people at some point in their life, but only 1 in 10 people suffering from depression will get help. The good news is there are many treatments for depression, and the sooner treatment begins, the less pain endured. Many people do not know where to go for help, or are ashamed to seek support, and put it off thinking they will "snap out of it". Please don't be afraid to seek help. Counseling is private and confidential, and is the first step towards healing and getting your life and happiness back. Holding it in will not help, and will most likely lead to increased discomfort. Symptoms of depression include loss of interest in things you once enjoyed, increased or decreased appetite and changes in weight, not sleeping or over sleeping, body aches and pains, relationship issues, less focused work performance, low self esteem and feelings of hopelessness. If this sounds like what you are feeling and experiencing, please take the short Depression Questionnaire located under "Is it Depression?"
THERE IS HOPE!
The good news is that you are not alone, and depression is highly treatable with psychotherapy (talk therapy), natural remedies including herbs, physical activity and even natural sunlight. There are also many anti-depressants prescribed that have very little to no side effects for most. The important thing to remember is you are not the only one who has felt this way, and there is a way out. You will be happy again, and get your life back to how it once was, but you need to take the first step. you or your loved one relate to 5 or more of the symptoms listed below, you or they may be experiencing a depressive episode and should seek help as soon as possible.