Do you feel lost and alone in a sadness that you can’t seem to shake?
Have you forgotten what it’s like to feel hopeful, vibrant and excited about your life?
Have you tried to talk with friends and family, but don’t feel that they really “get it”?
Depression hurts but it is so much worse when you feel alone.
While some describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom, others feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic. Men in particular may even feel angry and restless. No matter how you experience it, depression is different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun.
Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they’ve lasted—the more likely it is that you’re dealing with depression.
Specific symptoms of depression include:
- Trouble with concentration
- Decrease in your regular amount of energy
- Feeling guilty, worthless, hopeless, pessimistic or helpless
- Trouble sleeping or change in sleeping habits
- Easily irritable or more restless than normal
- Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy doing
- Change in eating habits – over or under eating
- Aches, pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive troubles
- Feeling sad, anxious, or “empty”
- Suicidal thoughts
Often when we are depressed we feel like nothing will ever change. But it is important to remember that feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are symptoms of depression—not the reality of your life situation. At Charleston Counseling Center we will offer you the help and support you need to start feeling better.
Our team of licensed therapists have walked hundreds of clients through their own dark seasons and helped many come out the other side. There are many research-based interventions we can teach you that are clinically proven to be effective in reducing the painful symptoms of depression. We accept many forms of insurance and offer evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. Don’t suffer alone, we are ready to help today. Contact us to make an appointment.