Everyone feels down from time to time. In fact, sadness is one of the basic human emotions. Clinical depression differs from the normal sadness in its intensity, duration and significant negative effect on the quality of your life.
Not everyone experiences clinical depression in the same way, and the way you experience it may vary over time. If you experience five or more of the symptoms listed below for longer than two weeks, or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily routine, you may be experiencing clinical depression.
It is important to see a qualified mental health professional for further evaluation. A thorough physical examination by your medical doctor to rule out other illnesses may be recommended as well.
Symptoms of clinical depression may include:
- A persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
- Sleeping too little or sleeping too much
- Changes in appetite and/or weight
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed
- Restlessness or irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that don't respond to treatment (such as headaches, chronic pain, or constipation and other digestive disorders)
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
- Thoughts of death or suicide
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I work with many clients struggling with depression, using a variety of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, solutions-oriented and experiential techniques. We will carefully explore your unique life including your background, current living and work or school situations, relationships, and health, as well as your internal experiences with thoughts and moods. The good news is that there is hope for recovery and a better, happier life.
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