Depression is not a weakness, it is not a failure of oneself, it is a serious medical illness, not a personal deficit. It is a real medical condition with real symptoms. Depression is a common mood disorder that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and the way you act. Our ability to perform daily living activities becomes impaired. Depression can cause physical and emotional problems. Individuals can have mild to severe levels of depression.
Some Symptoms Of Depression Include:
- Feeling sad and despairing, having a depressed mood, these symptoms are present most days and last for more than two weeks
- Loss of energy,
- Loss of interests such as work, hobbies, sex
- Social isolation. Withdrawal from people such as family and friends
- Difficulties with concentration, making decisions, memory loss
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and low-self esteem
- Difficulties with sleeping, either too much or not enough
- Changes in appetite. Weight gain or weight loss unrelated to dieting
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Please seek help immediately. Contact your local mental health crisis line, call 911, or go to your nearest hospital emergency department or urgent care centre. Crisis Services Canada provides suicide prevention and support. Call 1-833-456-4566. They are available 24/7/365 or text 45645 (available from 4 PM to 12 AM EST). If they are busy you could be waiting a long time. If you are in immediate danger of harming yourself call 911 immediately.
Please note that Richmond Counselling Services does not provide emergency or crisis support.
It is important to discuss your symptoms with a medical doctor. Your doctor can rule out general medical conditions such as thyroid problems or vitamin deficiencies. They may recommend counselling as part of a treatment plan. Therapy has proven helpful in the treatment of depression.