Adult Depression

November 28th, 2008

A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away.

People with a depressive illness cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.

Do you know anyone with the following symptoms?

  • Feeling sad or empty most of the time
  • Bouts of tearfulness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in the things that you used to enjoy
  • Decrease/increase in appetite
  • Sleeping problems – trouble falling asleep or waking up often
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness or guilt
  • Thoughts that life is not worth living

Do you or anyone you know have most or all of the symptoms listed above? If so, you can find out more about what the symptoms mean and what can be done about them.

Call Counselling, Assessment and Therapy Services at 6397-2721 to make an appointment.

This entry was posted on Friday, November 28th, 2008 at 7:09 pm and is filed under Adult.

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