It is natural for sadness to develop in response to stressful situations and it usually passes with time. However, when a natural and temporary period of sadness persists, this could be a sign of depression. It is estimated that approximately 18 million American adults ages 18 and over suffer from a depressive illness. Having depression is not the same as being sad and it is advised to visit a professional if feelings of sadness and/or loss of interest in activities persist for more than two weeks.
Depressive disorders due to emotion dysregulation occurs before and after an interpersonal conflict and are often comorbid with eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders. Therefore, it is important to go through an accurate diagnosis and begin clinical treatment to reduce symptoms of depression.
The following are major symptoms of depression:
– Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and discouragement
– Significant weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
– Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
– Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
– Thoughts of death or suicide
Please contact us if you are currently experiencing any of the symptoms above.