Depression and Helpful Treatments
You may not have felt yourself lately and wonder if it might be depression. The symptoms that are commonly associated with depression include feeling down most of the day nearly every day and/or losing interest or pleasure in activities normally enjoyed.
Additionally, many people suffering from depression experience:
- Significant loss of or increase in appetite
- Change in sleeping habits (i.e. significantly less or more than usual)
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Feelings of excessive guilt
- Diminished ability to concentrate
- Recurrent thoughts about death or suicidal thoughts
As there are many causes for mood changes it is recommended that you speak to a trained health professional (i.e. a psychologist) in order to determine whether your symptoms are indicative of depression.
How do I know if I need help for depression and anxiety?
Many people say that they feel depressed and anxious at the same time. Because depression and anxiety often co-occur, people can find it difficult to differentiate between these emotions and to determine what they need help for. A consultation with a professional will help to clarify these issues and determine the best treatment approach.
Both interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and CBT have been shown to be as effective as Anti-Depressant Medication in the short-term, and can lessen the occurrence of future episodes of depression. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can also be effective in easing depression and preventing relapses.
If you are experiencing thoughts or have plans about suicide that you are concerned you may act upon, take yourself to the nearest emergency room or call a distress line offered through the City of Toronto Distress Centre: