What is depression?
Depression is the body’s response to loss, hopelessness, overwhelm and stress. The cause of depression may be different from person to person, but the symptoms tend to show up physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially.
Symptoms of Depression
The symptoms of depression are deeply rooted in chemical changes in the brain, hormonal changes in the body, and/or environmental changes that affect daily living. Our neurons fire differently when we are depressed, making us perceive more pain and stress than when we are healthy. Our digestion and sleep patterns become disrupted, which can cause major changes in body weight and energy levels.
Some of us find ourselves feeling more emotional than usual, while others find themselves feeling flat or dead inside. We lose interest, avoid contact with others and spend more time alone.
Over time, the symptoms can take on a life of their own. Many people with depression report feeling “stuck,” unable to change or make things better. Fortunately, with the right help, depression can be beaten with treatment. While you may not feel like it, you DO have the strength to overcome your depression, and I am confident I can help you do so.