Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness.
Signs and symptoms include:
Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
Fatigue and decreased energy
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
Overeating, or appetite loss
Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.
The burden of depression can be devastating. Its symptoms of fear, worry, and despair can leave you feeling isolated. It does not have to be this way. There is hope. I will walk with you through this season in your life and together we can start the journey to healing and living a deeply meaningful and peaceful life.
If you feel like you are a danger to yourself or others, please dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. To talk to someone after hours, please visit the resources listed on my crisis page.