You don't have to go it alone.
Feeling sad, alone or discouraged is a normal reaction to a major loss or disappointment. However, a blue period that won’t let up or keeps coming back may be a sign of depression. Depression, an illness that involves changes in the brain's chemicals, affects how you feel, think and act, and can leave you feeling worthless and unable to cope.
It is important to treat depression because early treatment may keep depression from becoming more severe or chronic. The risk of suicide increases when depression is not treated, and treatment can prevent recurrences of depression.
There are times where we can feel sad or discourages but if these signs last longer than a couple weeks, it may be depression. There are many different symptoms that one might experience, here are a few common ones:
Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
- Irritability or restlessness
- Having little interest or pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy
- Sleep issue including lack of sleep or feeling tired all the time
- Fixating on past failures or self-blame
- Weight gain or loss
- Loss of energy
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
Effective treatments for depression include individual counseling, group therapy, among others. The Village’s professional counselors provide individual counseling and can make referrals to a psychiatrist or physician if they think an anti-depressant medication might be helpful.
For more information or to make an appointment to see a counselor, contact The Village Family Service Center.