Depression is one of the most prevalent mental illnesses in the world today. Approximately one in four women and one in eight men experience at least one bout of depression in their lifetime. It is a biological illness, one that often has a devastating impact on behavior, thoughts and feelings. Depression can be triggered or worsened by specific events or problems as well as by depressive thought patterns and personality traits. Medical research has shown that depression occurs as a result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. Almost every one of us has, at one point or another, experienced feelings of unhappiness that could be associated with a disruptive life event. But true depression entails a pervasive feeling of sadness that impairs general functioning and lasts more than two weeks.
- Do you feel slowed down mentally and physically?
- Do you have feelings of inadequacy or worthlessness?
- Have you lost interest in doing most or all activities that you previously enjoyed?
- Do you have persistent feelings of emptiness?
- When you wake up, do you feel like you have nothing to look forward to?
- Do you feel tired even after a good rest?
- Do you ever feel like crying for no apparent reason?
- Have you been told that you are unusually irritable lately?
- Do you feel like you deserve to be loved?
- Do you feel like you are a burden to others?
- When things go wrong in your life, do you feel like you will never get over it?
- Do you think about death and dying?
IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO EVEN ONE QUESTION, YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM THE SUPPORT AND STRATEGIES OF A COUNSELOR.
You do not have to go through this alone. Call 214-475-0345 to schedule your appointment today!