Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but for some, these darker moments can become chronic and debilitating.
Whether there is a biological predisposition or a specific life event that triggers the presence of depressive episodes, the symptoms experienced can vary for each individual. For some, there is a slight disruption in mood, motivation and energy, while others endure chronic feelings of hopelessness and despair.
An individual’s treatment will center on gaining greater understanding and awareness of their own internal experience, in order to equip oneself with the tools necessary to alleviate the presence of these negative symptoms.
Symptoms Associated With Depressive Disorders
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Feeling of sadness or emptiness
- Decreased energy
- Frequent negative self talk, lowered sense of esteem & worth
- Trouble concentrating and making decisions
- Irritability or excessive anger
- Decreased activity, effectiveness and productivity
- Avoidance of social activities
- Feelings of guilt and worries over the past
- Changes in appetite resulting in weight loss or gain
- Sleep disturbances
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all activities
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches