Depression is one of the most common mental health struggles, but many people aren’t sure what it looks like in real life. Are you tired of living with constant dread? Is it hard to remember the last time you felt genuinely happy or excited about something in your life? Even the excitement you used to feel over small things has disappeared. Your motivation has vanished with it, too.
Most days, getting out of bed in the morning seems so incredibly difficult. In addition to having less energy, you haven’t felt like you can control your emotions. Often, it feels like your emotions are all over the place. You find yourself switching between irritation, sadness, anger, or distress, and you know it’s more than occasional sadness. The way you feel is deep and intricate, and you wonder if other people can understand. Have you wondered if you are depressed?
What Are the Common Symptoms of Depression?
Sadness is a normal emotion. Everyone feels sad–it doesn’t feel good! But depression is deeper and darker, making it very difficult navigate. While depression can look different for different people, some of the most common symptoms of depression are:
- Inability to feel joy or positive emotions
- Either sleeping too much or not sleeping enough
- Negative or unhelpful thoughts about oneself
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Feeling worthless
- Mood swings
- Thoughts of suicide
- Lack of interest and joy in activities
- Low self-esteem
Do I Have a Psychological Disorder?
There are several depressive disorders, but the most common are major depressive disorder and persistent depressive disorder. Because sadness is a normal emotion, the word “depression” is used a lot when describing it. Although sadness is certainly a component of depression, depressive disorders are much more complex. The way these disorders show up in different people can vary, although they consistently have a negative impact on functioning. They also create an overwhelming feeling of distress. The presentation of these disorders vary, though they all have an impact on functioning and create an overwhelming feeling of distress. People who have a depressive disorder often have difficulty functioning socially, occupationally, and educationally. Our therapists can help identify whether you have a depressive disorder.
Can Psychological Therapy Help?
How Do I Get Help?
We know how difficult living with depression is, and we’re ready to collaborate with you to get you back on your feet. We can work with you in order to reach the point that you no longer feel controlled by your depression. If you live in the Phoenix area and are ready to start your journey of healing, contact us today.