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It is not unusual for any of us to feel down at some points in our lives.  However, if these feelings persist or they become so bad that they interfere with your ability to enjoy life you may be suffering with depression.

Everyone can experience different signs and symptoms of depression.  Sometimes, when we think we may be depressed, it can actually be normal lows.  However, if the symptoms get worse and last longer then you could be dealing with depression.

Some symptoms of depression are:

  • The feeling of hopelessness

  • Lack of motivation or pleasure

  • Changes in appetite

  • Irritability

  • Crying

  • Lethargy

  • Trouble with sleeping or concentrating

  • Social withdrawal

  • Suicidal thoughts

The feeling of depression can occur for many different reasons and often it is more than one thing that happens, but a few things compounding at the same time making your ability to cope much more difficult.

Life events, bereavement and divorce can often be the cause, so can buried experiences from our childhood such as abuse or the breakdown of family life – matters which may have not been dealt with at the time.

Health issues, and fear about one’s health can also trigger depression as it can feel like you are out of control of the situation and all the fears become overwhelming.

The time to get help is now. If the depression is interfering with your work, relationships, enjoyment of life, it is time to talk to a therapist.  The sooner you seek help, the better chance for a successful outcome of turning your life around.

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