COULD You BE SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION?
According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), about 16 million people live with major depression. Depression is also the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it is the most common mental health problem in women.
The World Health Organization (WHO) tells us that women are also twice as likely as men to develop depression and that despite an increase in the prevalence of mental health problems in the population, these go undiagnosed in over half of cases. Of those diagnosed, less than half seek treatment in the first year of their diagnosis.
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
The fact that you are reading this page means that you're wondering if you might have depression and are considering getting help. Below is a list of depressive symptoms in adults (symptoms may be different in children and adolescents). Please note that even if some or all of these symptoms apply to you, only a mental health or medical professional can make an official diagnosis of depression.
Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day
Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain
Sleeping problems (too much or too little)
Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
Trouble with thinking or concentration
According to WHO, worldwide about 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth experience a mental disorder, primarily depression. Furthermore, women who already have a history of depression or anxiety are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression. In addition to the symptoms listed above, postpartum depression is characterized by:
Feeling disconnected from or uninterested in your baby
Having a difficult time taking care of your baby
Feeling irritable or angry
Excessive worry about your baby
HOW I CAN HELP
It is important for you to know that you're not alone. Thoughts and feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness are very common. In therapy, you will first receive support and validation of your feelings and experiences. Once you feel ready and we have a solid trusting and collaborative relationship I can teach you coping skills to help you change the negative thoughts that lead to depressive feelings, as well as self-compassion and self-care skills so that you can begin to thrive and enjoy life again.