We have found that depression is often the most misunderstood mental health condition. There is a common misconception that depression is similar to the sadness everyone will occasionally experience in response to life events, particularly because we describe our mood as depressed in these times.

One of the biggest frustrations our clients with Major Depression have reported is well meaning friends or family who tell them to “snap out it”. Clinical depression is more powerful than will power and as much as you might want your mood to improve, you can’t just flip the switch.  Clinical Depression ranges from mild to severe and can last for a couple of days, a couple of months or for years, particularly without clinical intervention.  If you experience these symptoms and it interferes in your functioning at school, work, home or in your relationships, you might be experiencing a depressive episode.

Symptoms of Depression include:

  • Subjective sense of depression or feeling down.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or helplessness.
  • Lack of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities.
  • Feelings of worthlessness.

If you experience milder symptoms for over two years and typically describe your mood as “blah,” you might be suffering from a different type of depression known as Dysthymia.

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