Grief & Depression
Most people feel depressed at times. Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, scared, nervous, or anxious. These feelings are normal reactions to life’s stressors.Â But some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning.
A definition and help.
Depression is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. When these feelings last for a short period of time, it may be a case of “the blues.” But when such feelings last for more than two weeks and when the feelings interfere with daily activities such as taking care of family, spending time with friends, or going to work or school, it’s likely a major depressive episode. Major depression is a treatable illness that affects the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and functions. At any point in time, 3 to 5 percent of people suffer from major depression; the lifetime risk is about 17 percent.
Like most therapists, this is the most common condition I treat. It’s in debilitating and can snow ball into a feeling of hopelessness. You might not even remember when you felt better and depression can become your new “normal”. That isn’t necessary. We can work together to find the best solution for you, whether it’s simply talking, which can be incredibly affective or we chose to include medication with a referral.