It is normal for people to go through periods of depression throughout their lifetime. However many people struggle with some level of depression without even knowing it.
The less obvious but perhaps more common signs of a depressive state are: feeling like you can’t do what you want, feeling unlucky or cursed, being keenly aware of ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’, feeling like you have no options, a lack of passion or purpose, despair, loss of excitement about possibilities or the future, a sense of trudging through life, a strong sense of responsibility.
“Depression” is a clinical word commonly used to describe people experiencing several of the following symptoms over time: sadness, loss of pleasure in things they used to enjoy, lack of interest, sleep and appetite disturbances, low energy, feeling close to tears, trouble getting out of bed, hopelessness, difficulty meeting the demands of daily life, feelings of being better off if they weren’t alive, and suicidal thoughts.
Therapy helps people to discover what factors are narrowing their vision, and then brings forth their ability to expand their options, feel a sense of power over their own life, and experience greater levels of satisfaction. Therapy helps people identify what’s within their control and what’s not, and how best to deal with each. The therapist’s caring and non-judgmental stance, and ability to be objective, helps people to move into a more productive state. Successful therapy helps people to feel more peace and contentment in day-to-day life regardless of their circumstances.
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