Most people feel the emotional heaviness of being “depressed.” Although that is similar it is not the same or as severe as people struggling with clinical depression or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Depression is a condition defined by overwhelming sadness and lack of motivation, interest, and pleasure. This is often coupled with physical sensations of heaviness, lethargy, fatigue, and other bodily discomfort. These symptoms last at least 2 weeks or more.
Some people feel sad without any specific reason. Others may feel depression as a result of significant life changes, relationship struggles, or other negative circumstances. Depression focuses on worth. People often feel like they are not good enough and do not deserve to positive experiences. These thought patterns can lead to suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts, or suicide completion.
There are many options for hope and healing for depression. These include:
-Shame resilience training
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
-Self compassion/ self love training
-Solution Focused Therapy
-Physical Wellness coaching
Medication is often a beneficial treatment when used in combination with other therapy techniques. Those options can be discussed and referrals are available for local prescribing providers.