Depression is a debilitating mood disorder that changes how you think, feel and function. In daily activities it can interfere with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep and enjoy life. Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness can be intense and unrelenting with no or little change or relief. Depression makes it difficult to function and enjoy life like you use to. Just getting through the day can be a struggle and overwhelming. Some people suffer to the extent of completely shutting down.
It is much more than just sadness in response to life’s struggles and set backs. Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions of hopelessness and despair take hold and won’t go away you may have depression. Sometimes there may be no reason that one can pinpoint as to why they are depressed.
Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or “having a feeling of impending doom”. Others feel lifeless, empty, many feel angry, restless and much more.
If left untreated depression can become a serious health condition.
No matter how hopeless you feel you can get better by understanding the cause of your depression and recognizing the different symptoms and types of depression. This is the first step to feeling better and overcoming the problem.
10 Common Symptoms of Depression
- Feelings of helplessness
- Loss of Interest In daily activities
- Sleep changes- either Insomnia or oversleeping
- Appetite changes-significant weight loss or weight gain, a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month
- Anger or Irritability-everything and everyone gets on your nerves
- Loss of energy-feel fatigued, sluggish, physically drained, small tasks are exhausting
- Self Loathing-strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt, criticize self for perceived faults and mistakes
- Reckless behaviour-e.g., Substance abuse, compulsive gambling, dangerous sports
- Concentration problems – trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things
- Unexplained aches and pains – an increase in physical complaints e.g., headaches, back pain, aching muscles and stomach pain
DID YOU KNOW…Depression Symptoms Vary with Gender and Age?
Men are less likely to acknowledge feelings of self loathing and hopelessness. They tend to complain about fatigue, irritability, sleep problems, loss of interest in work/hobbies. They are also more likely to experience symptoms of anger, aggression reckless behaviour, substance abuse.
Women tend to have feelings of guilt, excessive sleeping, over eating causing weight gain, Depression is impacted by hormonal factors-menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum, menopause in women.
Teens show irritability, agitation which is most noticeable and may complain of headaches, stomach aches or other physical pains.
Older Adults complain more about the physical rather than emotional signs of depression such as fatigue, unexplained aches and pains, memory problems, may neglect their personal appearance and stop taking critical meds for their health.
Here are some stories of a couple people who have been able to help themselves:
This person has had depression and anxiety since she was a young girl and was in and out of bouts of depression/anxiety. She has learned that one needs to take good care oneself, eat healthy, exercise and be as physically active as possible. She also realized that negative emotions are powerful and can take over your being. M says “Did you know exercise can release positive vibes?” Science has proven you can increase your endorphins which can eliminate a bad mood. By simply going outside, go for a walk, jog, workout at a gym you can help yourself deal with depression.
Another person has suffered with much abuse which brought on much depression, and mental illness, P.T.S.D, feelings of worthlessness, suffered a break down, panic attacks and much more. Along her healing journey she found many things she could do to help herself deal with depression such as finding a couple friends she could call on when she was down, grounding and breathing exercises and most importantly joining a group where she could get the support and help that she needed and let go of the stigma of mental illness. She learned that it was not her fault and was finally able to heal from all the abuse, breakdowns, panic attacks, anxiety, mental illness, betrayal and guilt. You will hear more about her story on my next blog post!
Sunshine and Depression
Another part of depression could be feeling the affects of less sunshine. It called Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). You can actually purchase lights that resemble sunshine sit beside them each day for a period of time, it will help lift your spirits, give you energy and set you up for the rest of your day.
Therapy can help a lot and finding different ways to get better and to heal is a good step forward. There are natural energy healing therapies that will also help to bring about feeling better, getting back to who you were, and diminishing the guilt, anger, betrayal, panic, pain and much more. These therapies can help you to build self esteem, confidence and believe in yourself along with healing mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually the pain of the past.
What Can You Do to Help Yourself?
In addition to the suggestions above, Reflexology, Integrated Energy Therapy, Reiki and The Emotion Code are my suggested therapies that can help individually or a combination to help you on the road to recovery and living your best life.
If you suffer from depression please reach out and I will customize a personal treatment program for you based on your level of depression and lifestyle so that you can get the best results from natural therapies!
You can choose to have private sessions in my comfortable and cozy space where you can relax and take time for you or I also offer treatments at a distance, where you can receive the same benefits from the comfort of your own home.
Here is what one client has to say about Treatments at a Distance:
I’ve been a client of Mary’s for a few years now. I enjoy receiving her services at a distance. I’ve had both Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) & The Emotion Code done this way. I love these treatments and I love that I don’t have to leave the house and it always puts me in a relaxed state. I recommend Mary’s services. After a treatment I usually feel relaxed and better. Some results that I have had from having treatments with Mary over the last few years include feeling lighter, better, less pain, emotionally better, felt relaxed, really tired, at peace, felt better the next day, had lots of energy and no pain and more positive.
I hope that the helpful tips, suggestions, recommendations and stories of others that have depression and anxiety will give you courage to reach out and get the help you need to take back your life and be free of your past and know it is not your fault so you can love yourself again and enjoy life. Do what resonates with you and experiment until you find what works for you!