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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 major depression.

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

  1. A persistent sad, anxious or empty mood
  2. Sleeping too little or sleeping too much
  3. Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain.
  4. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  5. Restlessness or irritability
  6. Persistent physical symptoms that don't respond to treatment [such as headaches, chronic pain, or constipation and other digestive disorders]
  7. Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  8. Fatigue or loss of energy
  9. Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
  10. 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 seem impossible.

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 depression.

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 and friends.

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 depression.

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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