It is normal to experience low moods when something negatively affects us. When faced with life’s challenges, it is natural to experience periods of grief and sadness. These feelings are usually fleeting, and life returns to normal. However, if you lose interest in the things that bring you joy and consistently experience negative intrusive thoughts that impair your ability to be present, this could be a sign of Depression. Depression influences how you think, feel, and behave.
Depression is a psychological disorder associated with feelings of emptiness or hopelessness. Some people find it difficult to put their feelings into words. They may also struggle to understand the signs that occur, which can cause physical reactions. For example, they may cry frequently over a thought that may have triggered the reaction but is unable to understand why.
Symptoms of Depression include:
While depression is more prevalent in older adults, it can occur at any age or stage of life. There are various types of depressive disorders, including postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, atypical depression, and others. If not treated early, it can progress to more serious medical conditions, which is why it is critical to seek help when struggling with a depressive episode.
If these symptoms sound familiar to you or know anyone who might be at risk, Book in for a consultation today with our Counsellor, Ms Zahira.