Sadness or lack of joy that is persistent can be
a result of many things, including trauma,
life changes, loss, or biological changes…
from mild symptoms to more severe…
depression is more than everyday sadness.
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Depression is the leading cause of disability and impacts over 350 million people worldwide. Trauma, significant life changes, and loss are often associated with depression. We also know that depression has a strong biological component and family disposition. Depression is often experienced by people who have anxiety and chemical addictions.
Untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide and other serious physical illnesses
such as heart disease. Untreated depression will eventually affect every area of life.
Recognizing the symptoms of depression is the first step toward healing.
SIGNS OF DEPRESSION
- Persistent sadness
- Difficulty experiencing joy
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Loss of interest in activities
- Low libido
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of helplessness
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment
- Low appetite or overeating
- Decrease in energy
- Easily fatigued
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Digestive disorders
- Chronic pain