Depression—a sad or discontented mood—can leave a person feeling lethargic, unmotivated, or hopeless. In some cases, depression can lead to suicidal ideation. Depression may occur in a severe form, as in major depression, or in a more chronic, mild-to-moderate form, as is the case with persistent depressive disorder.
Common symptoms of depression include:
- Frequent crying and overwhelming feelings of sadness
- Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
- Changes in sleep such as excessive sleeping or the inability to sleep
- Difficulty enjoying previously-enjoyed activities
- Unexplained physical ailments such as headaches or muscle pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in weight or eating habits
- Thoughts of suicide
Depression is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy, and the condition is highly treatable. Unfortunately, though, stigma surrounding depression inhibits many people from seeking treatment. Because an individual with depression may be viewed as flawed or weak, that person is likely to feel shame regarding his or her condition, and he or she may fear the consequences of disclosing the experience to employers, health care providers, family, and friends.
Whatever the situation, KPCC is here to help. Call us to take the next step at 304.346.9689.