Depression is defined as feeling deep sadness. It can also be experienced as a feeling of emptiness. Depression that interferes with your motivation, relationships and ability to function is a problem that you need to address. If you are unable to attend to your daily activities and responsibilities, it’s time to get professional support.
Different levels of depression exist. Depression can start out as mild, where you just have an overall feeling of sadness. The levels you experience can range from a mild depression to a sense of hopelessness, where you can’t really get anything done and are having suicidal thoughts.
Depression can get in the way of living your life and can make things that were smaller issues before expand into a much bigger problem. Different types of depression have different psychological terms such as:
- Major Clinical Depression
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Postpartum Depression
- Bipolar Disorder (BP)
Depression is common. You are not alone in your experience. Depression and anxiety are often experienced together. In the first two month of 2021, the CDC reported that more than two out of five five adults said they had symptoms of anxiety or depression during a seven day period, and one in four of them were unable to receive therapy.
If you think you may be depressed, scheduling a therapy session is your first step. Even if you don’t qualify for an official diagnosis, therapy can help keep you from getting worse. Mild depression, where you are starting to lose interest in the things you know you enjoy, deserves professional support. You can reduce your depression symptoms and change your perspective so you can enjoy your life. No matter what kind of depression you are experiencing, help is available.