How have you been feeling different lately? Are you wondering what happened to your old self?
- Are you feeling tired all the times or having fatigue?
- Do you often feel hopeless or pessimistic? Do you often say to yourself “Why bother even trying?” I’ll never be able to get/be what I want!” It seems as if I have a curse on me!”
- Are you friends calling you to go out with them but you always prefer to stay home?
- Are you feeling less self-confident? Do you think you have low self-esteem?
- Do you often feel very restless finding it very hard to sit still for some time to settle down to do a task and unable to focus? Or just the opposite: you feel subdued or as if you had slowed down?
- Has your sleep pattern changed? For example, do you suffer from insomnia, including difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, feeling that you did not wake up refreshed after your sleep or you tend be sleepy during daytime.
- Has your appetite habits changed? Have you lost interest in eating, even lost interest in cooking or do not have the energy to prepare meals? Or on the contrary, you have become an “emotional eater,” I other words you feel that eating food soothes to the point improving your mood temporarily?
- Do you feel that can’t concentrate as usual and that it is difficult to make a decision?
- Do you find yourself being more irritable? For example, do you feel that as if the smallest thing can set you off and become angry?
- Is your mind full of negative thoughts… “I am a failure;” “I see no bright future for me;” “My life is going nowhere?;” “ I feel empty.”
- Are you feeling guilty all the time even extending your guilt to things you are not responsible for thus, feeling guilty for ‘EVERYTHING’?
- Are you tearful all the time, or a general lo mood to the point that you regularly dwell on death?
If the answer to many of these questions is a resounding “Yes!” you may be experiencing the signs and symptoms of depression.
Feeling Blue versus Depression
We all experience feeling blue at one point or another of our lives. But depression can vary from person to person in how intensely the person experiences it. Its intensity can also vary over time to the point of becoming serious.
Depression can be caused by many factors such as:
- Genetics: Perhaps a family member – your mother or your father or a grandparent suffered depression. This factor may increase your chances for you to experience a depression
- Taking a specific medication: Depression may be a side effect of taking certain medications for example to treat their asthma, acne, or lupus
- A major life event that causes stress may also cause depression
- A physical trauma: A car accident, experiencing a natural disaster
- An emotional trauma: loss due to the death of a close friend, a relative or a pet
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- A serious illness
Psychotherapy and counselling and the different treatments they offer to fight depression [CBT, MCBT, Mindfulness Meditation] can definitely help you be your old self once again!!
About the author
Cristina M. Fandino, Ed.D.; M.Ed. is a registered psychotherapist who currently owns a private practice in the Beaches, Toronto. She specializes in depression, anxiety, addictions as well as expatriate and multicultural issues in couples and families.