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Depression

Depression

Is Depression Getting the

Better of You?

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines depression as a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks. There are different types of depression, some of which develop due to specific circumstances. These include:

  • Major depression
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Perinatal depression (also known as Post-Partum Depression)
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Depression with symptoms of psychosis
  • Bipolar Disorder

If you feel as if your depression is holding you back, I can guide you through proven methods that will help lift your depression. I will help you let the light of happiness fill your life again so you can regain a sense of balance.


Depression

Has Stolen Your Joy in Life

Some Signs You Are Experiencing Depression

  • • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

  • • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism

  • • Feelings of irritability, frustration, or restlessness

  • • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

  • • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities

  • • Decreased energy, fatigue, or feeling sluggish

  • • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

  • • Difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening, or oversleeping

  • • Changes in appetite or unplanned weight changes

  • • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

  • • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause that do not ease even with treatment

  • • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

  • • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism

  • • Feelings of irritability, frustration, or restlessness

  • • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

  • • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities

  • • Decreased energy, fatigue, or feeling sluggish

  • • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

  • • Difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening, or oversleeping

  • • Changes in appetite or unplanned weight changes

  • • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

  • • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause that do not ease even with treatment

It is important to note that not everyone will feel and experience each of these symptoms. The severity and frequency of symptoms and how long they last will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness. If you feel like you may be struggling with a form of depression, click here to schedule a free phone consultation with me so we can discuss your specific struggles and how I can help reduce your symptoms.

End

Depression

Rise Up In

Happiness

I’m So Glad You Have
Taken This Step Today

I would love to help you reconnect with your sense of well-being and restore balance to your life in a way that is authentic and sustainable. I specialize in helping people who are feeling sad and depressed in their lives. I work with clients who feel they need help getting unstuck from old patterns that no longer serve them or who are ready to make positive changes in their lives.

Types of Depression
I Often Treat


Major Depressive Disorder

Sometimes known as clinical depression, is characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness, low-energy, and loss of interest. It is often accompanied by weight loss or gain and sometimes physical pain. It often effects sleep habits, and can be debilitating and sometimes life-threatening but it can be successfully treated.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Also called dysthymia, is a long-term form of depression which can last for years. Symptoms may lessen at times only to intensify later. While the feelings of sadness and hopelessness associated with dysthymia may seem to almost disappear for brief periods of time, the persistence with which they return can severely affect a person’s life over time.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

or SAD, is a type of depression that sets in with the changing of the seasons and is associated with fewer daylight hours. Hopelessness, sadness, fatigue, excessive sleep, food cravings, weight fluctuations, and problems with relationships are common symptoms of SAD. Symptoms may start off mild at the beginning of the low-light season and build over the next few months. If you experience SAD on a yearly basis, I can help you to employ effective methods to ease symptoms so that you can have a lighter happier winter.

Postpartum Depression

sometimes dismissed as “the baby blues”, this condition can be a serious form of depression that sets in during the weeks or months following childbirth and may cause a new mother to feel sad, irritable, hopeless, or that she has no desire to care for and can’t bond with her new baby. These feelings can be exasperated by strong feelings of guilt. New mothers suffering from PPD may be comforted to know that this condition is very common, affecting as many as 1 in 7 new mothers and that it can be effectively treated.

Types of Depression
I Often Treat


Major Depressive Disorder

Sometimes known as clinical depression, is characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness, low-energy, and loss of interest. It is often accompanied by weight loss or gain and sometimes physical pain. It often effects sleep habits, and can be debilitating and sometimes life-threatening but it can be successfully treated.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Also called dysthymia, is a long-term form of depression which can last for years. Symptoms may lessen at times only to intensify later. While the feelings of sadness and hopelessness associated with dysthymia may seem to almost disappear for brief periods of time, the persistence with which they return can severely affect a person’s life over time.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

or SAD, is a type of depression that sets in with the changing of the seasons and is associated with fewer daylight hours. Hopelessness, sadness, fatigue, excessive sleep, food cravings, weight fluctuations, and problems with relationships are common symptoms of SAD. Symptoms may start off mild at the beginning of the low-light season and build over the next few months. If you experience SAD on a yearly basis, I can help you to employ effective methods to ease symptoms so that you can have a lighter happier winter.

Postpartum Depression

sometimes dismissed as “the baby blues”, this condition can be a serious form of depression that sets in during the weeks or months following childbirth and may cause a new mother to feel sad, irritable, hopeless, or that she has no desire to care for and can’t bond with her new baby. These feelings can be exasperated by strong feelings of guilt. New mothers suffering from PPD may be comforted to know that this condition is very common, affecting as many as 1 in 7 new mothers and that it can be effectively treated.

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It In To Me?
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Don’t Let

Depression

Run Your Life!

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