Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sadness, Depression or Mood Swings

Feeling down, and not quite like yourself can be caused by all kinds of events and transitions, for example, the end of a relationship or feelings of homesickness.
Depression is sometimes not caused by external events, and is instead caused by your particular genetic makeup, in other words, your brain chemistry. Fortunately, there is treatment for both kinds of depression.
Depression is one of the most common psychological problems, and one that most of us have experienced to some degree. It is estimated that one person in every family has experienced a depression severe enough to warrant psychological treatment.
Some symptoms of depression include a depressed mood, loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable, weight loss or weight gain, alterations in sleeping patterns (e.g., insomnia), feeling lethargic or agitated, feeling worthless or hopeless, being unable to concentrate, and loss of usual levels of energy.
Depression can also be manifested in loss of concentration and memory, beliefs that things are bad and cannot get better, or a negative view of yourself.

Treatment and Outcomes

Depression can be treated by a combination of medications and therapy. Referral for a medication evaluation, if appropriate, will be part of the treatment plan.

I help you learn to manage depressing thoughts and feelings, which helps you have more energy, be more productive, and feel more in control of your life.

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