Depression : When Life Loses All Meaning
It often starts with a loss of energy. Activities that you once looked
forward to doing, no longer hold any interest for you. Motivation to do the
simplest of activities drops to zero. It is not uncommon to feel as if you
just can't go on like this another day.
People caught in the stranglehold of depression often lose interest in
life itself. For many, it feels as if the gloom and despair will never be
lifted. When that happens you have crossed the line from normal sadness to
Not everyone experiences clinical depression the same way. But if you
experience five or more of the following symptoms for longer than two weeks
or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with daily activities, you
may suffer from clinical depression.
Symptoms of Depression
- A persistent sad, anxious or empty mood
- Sleeping too little or sleeping too much
- Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased
appetite and weight gain.
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once
- Restlessness or irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that don't respond to
treatment [such as headaches, chronic pain, or
constipation and other digestive disorders]
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
- Thoughts of death or suicide
You are not alone. Clinical depression strikes more than 19 million
American adults. And it can hit any time in life. When it does, depression
zaps all the pleasure out of life. It can make just getting up in the morning
Some people withdraw from others when they are depressed. Others become
anxious and irritable. It is not uncommon for someone who is depressed to no
longer feel as if they have a future to look forward to someday.
Depression is not the same as feeling normal grief following some kind
of a loss in life. Most people experience sadness or grief when they lose a
job, divorce or become seriously ill. Typically, people are able to cope with
these losses in life without becoming clinically depressed. But for many, the
depression can become a bottomless pit of despair.
Over weeks, months, sometimes years they sink deeper and deeper into the
Some people believe that they can talk themselves out of depression by
thinking positively. Others try "to pull themselves up by the bootstraps" or
just "tough it out." Many believe that depression will go away on its own.
But such efforts to escape depression usually don't work. Instead, the
person who is depressed finds it even harder to get through each day.
There is hope. No one should suffer in silence. There is a way out of
depression and the devastating impact it has on individuals, their families
More than 80 percent of those who suffer with depression can be
successfully treated with psychotherapy and medication or a combination of
both. Studies have shown that therapy can be helpful in treating depression.
By talking with a trained therapist, you can learn ways to handle
problems that trigger depression. A therapist can also help you develop
skills for dealing with other people and can teach you ways to improve
relationships that play a part in causing or worsening depression. Therapy
can also help you change negative styles of behaving or thinking that worsen
Today you do not have to continue suffering from the pain and loneliness
of depression. There is a way to restore the joy in life and to once again
begin taking pleasure in living each day.
Contact Mark Felber to schedule your free consultation.
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