Many people think that depression equates to staying in bed all day with no sense of purpose in life. While this is true for severe depression, there are also many types of depressions that are evident by irritability, defensiveness, lack of purpose of direction (often described as "feeling lost"). You may have been battling depression for a very long time, still others experience a sense of helpless and direction over the past few weeks or months.
Here are some questions to ask yourself about depression:
- Have you been sad and blue since a significant event in your life, such as a death in your family, a divorce, moving, lost of job or feeling unfulfilled in your job? have you experienced abuse in childhood and/or adulthood? for more a few weeks?
- Have you begun to drink or use drugs to dull the pain of a painful life event (childhood abuse included)?
- Do you find yourself staying stuck in negative thinking (yourself/others)?
- Do you have a family history of depression?
- Has one or more family members attempted or completed suicide?
- How is your depression impacting your life today?
My approach: I begin by obtaining a complete history, noting any traumatic events, both past and present. I then discuss your past to pinpoint if there are any specific events that may have triggered your depression, and the duration of your depression. I may recommend medication therapy, depending on your severity. I do not believe that all depression require medication. Together, we will create a plan of action to a lighter, more fulfilling life - free from the black cloud than has been hanging over your head.