I assure you, you can feel better.
Most people think that sadness is the clearest sign of depression and sometimes it is. This is especially true if you have lost the pleasure in things that gave you joy in the past, or if you are crying a lot, or having thoughts of death. Some people suffer with sleep problems, food cravings, poor concentration, forgetfulness, irritability or anger. You might not know that these too are symptoms of depression.
When my therapy clients ask me “why did I get depressed?” I tell them that stress and depression often go together. It is very hard to protect ourselves from stress, and often people don’t know they are feeling the type of stress that can lead to depression.
Men and women experience depression in different ways and they also handle depression very differently. Women are especially vulnerable to depression (women with thyroid issues are even more likely to experience depression) but luckily, most women are comfortable talking to a therapist. Men often have a harder time because they see depression as a weakness or flaw.
If you are experiencing some or many of the symptoms above or your stress level is affecting your daily functioning, you may be sliding into depression. I can help. I teach my clients daily that there is a better way to live your life. If you are willing to do the work, you can feel better and live better. Please call me so I can help you.