It’s difficult for people without depression
It’s difficult for people without depression to truly understand what it feels like. “Just be thankful for what you have!”, or, “Fight through it and and focus on the positive.” These end up making you feel even worse. Yes, you want to fight it. Yes, you understand on a certain level that there is what to be happy for. But you have depression, so none of that makes a difference. And being told that you can will your way out of it reminds you that someone without this affliction can’t truly understand what it feels like.
Depression can continue for days, months, and even years until you may look back and realize your relationships and health have fallen apart. You’ve given up on things you were once passionate about, walking away from many of life’s opportunities that were sent your way. It’s understandable, and here’s why…
Depression can manifest differently for every person, but there are a few common thought patterns, feelings, and physical manifestations that are hallmarks of depression. The hallmark symptom is a loss of joy and happiness for things that previously gave you those feelings. You may have a complete lack of motivation to do anything. Your mind and body “shut down” and you watch the day pass at a snail’s pace. You lose interest in friendships, not because you don’t like your friends, but you simply can’t burden yourself with other people’s emotions while struggling to deal with your own. When you wake up you ask yourself “what’s the point of getting out of bed?” You feel as though you literally don’t have the strength to get up and face the day…
It’s trying to laugh at a joke that isn’t funny; trying to smile for a photo you don’t want to be in. It’s having no feelings, which can be worse than feeling sad or angry – you want to be angry, but simply don’t have the emotional strength for it. You either over-eat, or barely eat anything at all from a complete lack of appetite. There are levels to depression and you may have some or all of of the above, and maybe just a mild version of it. Everyone has their own unique experience, and that’s why it’s very important to us to know exactly what YOU’RE going through.
The good news is you’ve taken the very difficult step of seeking help and finding treatment. Or maybe you’ve been to other practitioners before, but you weren’t helped the way you thought you’d be. We understand. But you’re here now, and we can help you. Depression can be managed and treated. Our hundreds of patients who are living better than they ever thought possible are a testament to that. Reach out and let us help you, and even more so, show you how you can help yourself.