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Many people who experience the symptoms of depression may begin to wonder if there is something really wrong with them. One typical fear is that they think they might be going crazy. Other people often react to low mood with comments such as, “Just get over it!” and this is not very helpful. Depression can affect any person at any stage of their life. People use the word depression in everyday life to describe feelings of sadness, frustration, disappointment, and lethargy. However, Major Depression is more intense, lasts longer (two weeks or more), and significantly interferes with effective day-to-day functioning. Anxiety, guilt, and feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy often accompany depression.

People who are depressed think in certain ways. They tend to see themselves in a negative light and their self-esteem and self-confidences become very low. They dwell on how bad they feel, how the world is terrible, and on how hopeless everything is. As well as changes in thinking patterns some people experience physical symptoms of depression. Changes in sleep patterns such as difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep early awakening or excessive sleep may occur. Appetite may increase or decrease. Sexual interest may decline. Energy levels may fall, as does the motivation to complete everyday tasks or previously enjoyed social and recreational activities. Many people with depression express concern about their personal relationships. They may feel shy and anxious especially when in a group setting. They may feel isolated and have difficulty reaching out to others.

You are not alone. One in four people experiences a significantly depressed mood at some point in their life. You do not have to go through this alone. Cognitive behavioural therapy is an effective, evidence-based treatment for depression. Help is just around the corner. Make the first step by requesting an appointment today.