Depression is not something that you can just "snap out of"- it is a debilitating disorder that can impact you emotionally, mentally, and physically, interfering with virtually every aspect of your life. Of course, we all experience sadness from time to time or go through the normal "ups and downs" in response to life stressors, but when symptoms of depression persist and are causing significant distress, it may be a sign that you need to seek professional help.
SIGNS OF DEPRESSION:
Feeling guilty, hopeless, helpless & worthless
Feeling sad, empty, or numb
Changes in appetite
Chronic fatigue and lack of motivation
Agitation, irritably, anxiety
Trouble concentration, being in a "fog"
No interest in activities or lack of pleasure
There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't
Living with depression can feel like a never ending nightmare or being in a big, deep hole all alone with no light in sight. Despite what your brain might tell you on your darkest of days, there is hope for treating depression. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for depression is by far the best supported treatment approach for improving depressive symptoms and getting you out of that metaphorical hole. Our therapy sessions together will help you shift negative thoughts and become more engaged in life.
Suicide and Depression
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for adolescents and middle-aged people. Having thoughts of suicide or even just wishing that you didn't wake up or that the pain would go away, are common when you are feeling overwhelmed and helpless.
Depression can significantly increase the risk of suicide, but you do not have to "be depressed" to be at risk of hurting yourself. Drugs and alcohol can also significantly increase risk of suicide, especially if you are struggling from depression as well.
If you are feeling hopeless and thinking that it would be easier to end your life rather than suffer, please reach out to someone and know that you are not alone and that there is always hope. If you cannot reach anyone and you are having strong thoughts of suicide and have a plan, go to your local emergency room, call 911 or call Simcoe County Crisis Services at 705-728-5044 (National crisis line at 1-833-456-4566).