Many people think that depression equates to staying in bed all day with no sense of perpurpose in life. While this is true for severe depression, there are also many types of depressions that are evident by irritibility, defensiveness, lack of perpursoe of direction (often discribed as "feeling lost." You may have been battling depression for a very long time, still others expreience 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 signigifate even in your life, such as a death in your family, a divorce, moving, lost of job or feeling unfuled 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 (childhool abuse included)?
- Do you find yourself staying stuck in negative thinking - for yourself and'or others?
- Do you have a family history of depresion?
- Has one or more family members attempted or completed suicide?
- How is your depression impacting your life today?
My approach: I begin by that 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 recommmend 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, for fullfilling life -free from the black cloud than has over your head for so long.