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This is how depression can feel

Posted by Priya Sholanki, MSW, RSW on Jul 30, 2018 1:15:56 PM

Depression is more than being sad or feeling down. Someone who experiences persistently strong negative feelings that interfere with their day-to-day life and impact how they deal with people around them and their responsibilities, may have depression.

If you are experiencing some of the following feelings more often than not, you may be experiencing depression; consider speaking to a mental health professional. The BEACON assessment is also a reliable and thorough way to determine if BEACON therapy —which is suitable for those with mild to moderate depression, anxiety, and PTSD— is suitable for you.

#1 Persistently sad. Shoulder-up view of a man in the shower, hands on his head, looking down.

Feeling persistently sad or down. You feel like you have a heavy weight on you, and the mood persists even as what used to feel like happy events, happen around you.

#2 Feeling tired. A woman fitfully asleep on an old couch in a messy room.

Feeling constantly tired. Loss of energy for your usual to-do list. Fatigue that won’t let go.  Sleeping more or laying awake all night.

#3 Short fuse. A frustrated business woman walking quickly and ripping up some documents.

Short fuse.  Your usual demeanor has changed to having a quick temper, reacting irritably, and even little things are setting you off.

#4 Distracted. A young woman sitting on a bed with a book in her lap gazes out a brightly lit window.

Difficulty concentrating.  Trouble focusing on your work, following a conversation, or remembering responsibilities occur when we have been too stressed for too long.

#5 Weight or eating changes. Close up of feet tentatively getting on a scale.

Weight loss or gain, change in eating habits.  A loss of appetite, or seeking comfort in food.  You may not notice that your eating habits have shifted, but a rapid loss or gain in weight may be a sign that something is wrong.

#6 Hopelessness. A young man resting his chin on his crossed arms at a table, staring into the distance, looking concerned.

Feeling hopeless, worthless, or guilty.  Feeling that things won’t get better, that you won’t get better. Feeling that you don't deserve to be happy. Emptiness, feeling disconnected from people and situations.

#7 Feeling blank. In a restaurant, a bearded man has let his gaze fall while others speak and have fun around him.

Feeling blank. Lack of interest or pleasure, feeling numb. Not engaging in things, not enjoying things — even things you used to enjoy.

It’s important to remember that depression not a sign of failure in yourself, it is a mental illness that is treatable. One of the most effective ways to cope with depression is with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a clinically-proven and evidence-based approach that helps us understand the relationship between our thoughts and behaviours; using CBT, we can develop skills to control how we deal with everyday stress in a positive way.


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Topics: Depression