Depression is the persistent feeling lasting more than two or three days of sadness or loss of interest that can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of death or suicide. Perhaps you have been depressed your entire life. You feel as if you are walking through molasses up to your waist. You may even be a high functioning adult such as a working profession, college student, parent, or partner but life is not fun or joyous for you. It is work.
If you are depressed you might be experiencing anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness. You might be having difficulties with sleep, for example, early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep if you are depressed.
If you are depressed you may be excessively hungry, fatigued, restless, or have a loss of appetite. You also might be agitated, crying excessively, irritable, and isolating yourself socially. You may have difficulty concentrating, you may feel like you are moving slowly in your activities, and you may be thinking about death, dying, or suicide. You may be losing or gaining weight. You may be experiencing ruminating thoughts.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and they are impacting your life, work, or relationships, please click below to email or call for a telehealth appointment with Dr. Ferrick. There is help and you do not have to suffer. I provide a customized depression treatment plan based on research-based therapies for you. We begin with small manageable steps to move you in the direction of a more meaningful life.