Am I Depressed or do I have Depression?
Depression is a word with more than one meaning. In every-day conversation, it means a sad or glum mood. As a clinical term, depression refers to a clinical disorder that can be quite debilitating. When we experience a depressed mood, we may feel down for a few hours, maybe even a few days, but we resume our lives as we refocus our energies. When you are suffering from the clinical disorder known as depression, you are unable to resume normal functioning even when that is the desired goal. This confusion about the word, "depression" leads many people to believe that someone who is suffering from the clinical syndrome of depression can "snap out of it" and resume normal functioning at will. However, that is often not possible. Outlined below are the common symptoms associated with depression.
- Depressed mood most of the time
- Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
- Difficulty in concentrating or making decisions
- Feeling worthless or unusually guilty
- Significant change in body weight
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Movement is either slowed down or speeded up
- Suicidal thoughts, plan or gestures
Although there are many theories on the causes of depression, it may be helpful to think of depression as your body's way of telling you that something is not going well in your life.
At Purple Heart Behavioral Health, LLC we will help you process through the cause of the depression as well as use science based behavioral interventions to alleviate some of the symptoms you may experience. This "double duty" approach will allow us to combat depression from both ends and find your healing in the middle.
Some questions to ask yourself in helping identify if you are suffering from depression:
- Have you experienced any losses recently? Sometimes "insignificant" losses may have a big effect.
- Are you satisfied with your life in general? If not, what is not satisfactory?
- Are there issues from your childhood (e.g., abuse, parental alcoholism) that need to be resolved?
- Do you like yourself? How do you compare yourself to others?
We look forward to helping you find your joy and peace as you gain relief.