What is depression?

Depression may often be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable or down in the dumps. Many of us feel this way at one time or another for a short period of time.  True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger or frustration get in the way everyday life for weeks or longer and don’t allow us to function the way we would like to.

Depression can change the way you see yourself, your life, other people and the things around you. People who have depression usually see everything with a more negative attitude and sometimes are unable to imagine that any problem or situation can be solved in a positive way or will get better.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Dramatic change in appetite, often with weight gain or loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Agitation, restlessness and irritability
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate and guilt
  • Becoming withdrawn or isolated
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping

Depression can appear as anger and discouragement, rather than expressed feelings of sadness and can look very different in girls or boys and men or women. If you are not sure, call us. We are here to help you get through this period of your life and move on to live a life where you feel full and happy again.

 

How can I get help?

Our counselors are trained to treat depression using evidence-based treatments that are proven to work.

To make an appointment, please call our Tacoma office at 253-565-4484 and speak with our intake specialists.