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Am I Depressed?

Am I depressed?

Feeling low isn’t always a sign of depression. But if it continues for more than a couple of weeks, it could be an indication of something more serious going on. There are many reasons why people feel down and some are easier to resolve than others. The important thing is to be aware that feeling depressed doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you; in fact, you might just need some time out or help from someone who understands what you’re going through.

Everyone can feel down at times

Depression is a mental health condition, but it’s also normal to feel down at times. Everyone has moments when they don’t feel their best.

However, if you have been feeling this way for a long time and are finding it hard to manage, it may be that you have depression.

What can lead to low mood or depression?

If you’re feeling low, it could be for any number of reasons:

  • If the amount of stress in your life is more than usual, it can affect how you feel. Ask yourself: are there things happening in my life that are causing me more stress? Am I taking on too much at work or home?
  • Life events. Life events such as health problems, relationship breakups and financial difficulties can make us feel sad or anxious for some time afterwards . It’s normal to feel upset if something important has happened – but if these feelings don’t go away after a few weeks or months, then they may be part of depression.
  • Depression isn’t always caused by external factors – it can also run in families sometimes due to genetic influences. Your genes are passed down from your parents – which means that if either one or both have experienced depression before then there’s a higher chance that you will develop symptoms too because their genes will also be passed down. This isn’t necessarily bad news though – research shows that genetic predisposition isn’t necessarily destiny: even those with family histories can manage their mental health conditions effectively through therapy and medication whenever necessary.

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • You may be experiencing low mood, which is a feeling of unhappiness and sadness.
  • You may also feel worthless or hopeless sometimes.
  • You may lose interest in things that you used to enjoy, like hobbies and socialising with friends.
  • It can be difficult to sleep or you may have trouble falling asleep at night. You may struggle to stay awake during the day and resist taking naps because you have trouble sleeping at night.
  • You may be tired all the time or have little energy even when you’re able to sleep well at night. You might feel restless when sitting still for long periods of time, so it’s hard for them to sit down for meals or relax on their couch after work without feeling antsy about having nothing else productive doing around them (like cleaning). Additionally, those with depression often describe their apathy as feeling “blah” rather than being sad while they experience their symptoms.”
  • You may be struggling with negative thoughts about yourself, the world and others, which we can find ourselves ruminating on. These thoughts are often not based in fact and, instead, tend to feed our low mood further.

I have some of these symptoms. What should I do next?

You’re not alone in feeling this way. In fact, it’s estimated that about 1 in 4 people experience depression at some point during their lives. If you are worried about the impact that these symptoms are having on your day to day life, you may also want to consider making an appointment with a mental health professional such as a psychologist or therapist. A therapist  can help you learn more about depression and ways of managing it along with other issues that might be affecting your health, such as anxiety or stress. A mental health professional can help you figure out the root causes of these feelings and make changes in order to start feeling better again.

Taking action when it comes to fighting depression is crucial for recovery because staying inactive won’t get rid of the problem; on the contrary, it will only allow it to worsen over time until eventually things feel hopeless and nothing seems worth living for anymore!

So what can I do to help myself?

Make a list of hobbies/activities that bring joy into life such as reading books/watching movies/playing sports and schedule to complete at least one activity a day. Although you may not feel like doing them, you may notice an increase in your mood afterwards!

Get some exercise: Exercise releases endorphins which make us feel good about ourselves and boost our self esteem. It also helps us sleep better at night which is one way our bodies react to stress by lowering energy levels for survival purposes – this can cause lethargy during daytime hours so it’s important not only for physical health but mental health as well too!

When you’re feeling depressed, your first thought might be to do more of what’s causing you stress. But that doesn’t make sense! You need to focus on keeping yourself healthy and in the right frame of mind so that you can think clearly.

 

Take care of yourself: Eat well, sleep enough (but not too much!), take a break from stressful situations at work or home. If possible go out with friends or say yes to things you may find yourself wanting to decline. These things won’t cure depression immediately, but they will contribute to lifting your mood over time.

How can Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) help?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can support individuals struggling with depression to gain an autonomy over their mood. This may be by overcoming feelings of demotivation by supporting an increase in helpful activity and by providing useful coping mechanisms to support individuals to challenge their negative thoughts or beliefs. 

By taking the first step and talking about how you feel with someone who can support and guide you through this difficult time, you could start to feel better just by opening up about how you are feeling. If you would like to discuss this further, reach out for a free consultation.

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