What is Depression?
Depression defined, common symptoms, and treatmentRead more
Sadness is a normal part of life. Everyone feels the “blues” every now and then. Most of the time, sadness comes on as a result of a situation that happens in our lives. Sadness is typically passing, and resolves itself with time.
When you experience depression, you’re experiencing more than just passing sadness. Depression is when you feel severe despair over a long period of time. It affects all aspects of your life, including your mental health, physical health, relationships, work, and personal goals. As a hypo-arousal emotion, depression takes away your energy, making it difficult to fulfil your normal daily functions. You may have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, engaging with others, finding interest in things you used to enjoy, feel worthless or hopeless, and find it hard to concentrate.
1 in 4 Canadians will experience depression at some point in their lives. It is extremely common, and can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, and socioeconomic status. It is believed that many different factors cause depression, including genetics, family history, environmental factors, situational factors, personality, and physical health changes and challenges. While depression may not go away on its own, with professional support it is very treatable.
The following symptoms are common in people who experience depression:
Without treatment, depression can last a long time and may never be fully resolved. If you are struggling with sadness or depression, here are some next steps for you:
Dalton Associates can help connect you with a mental health professional who is a personal and cultural fit; someone who has expertise treating depression. Contact us today to get back to enjoying your life.
Canadian Mental Health Association. (2016). Depression.
Retrieved from http://www.cmha.ca/mental-health/understanding-mental-illness/depression/
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (2016). Depression.
Retrieved from https://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/health_information/a_z_mental_health_and_addiction_information/depression/Pages/default.aspx
National Institute of Mental Health. (2016). Depression.
Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml