Sadness is a normal and natural emotion. It serves as a sign that we need something, to take some time to rest, to think and to take better care of ourselves. When feelings of sadness persist, even after rest, or when accompanied by other troublesome symptoms, this may indicate a depression.
Depression is a mood disorder that negatively affects the way people think, feel and act and can affect one’s ability to function in relationships or at work. Symptoms can be physical, emotional and/or cognitive and present for at least two weeks.
- Lethargy, fatigue, slowness in speech or movements
- Achiness or headaches
- Changes in appetite and/or sleep
- Feelings of emptiness, hopelessness, despair
- Feeling helpless, worthless
- Difficult concentrating
- Difficulty remembering
- Lack of interest in pleasurable activities
- Withdrawing and isolating from social support
- Preoccupation with death
- Thoughts of suicide
Fortunately, depression, although common, is treatable. My work with clients who are depressed is informed by my training in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy. The depressed part is reacting to painful events of the past and hoping to prevent future pain. Mindfully and compassionately turning inward will offer some answers about the depression and lead to more inner balance with the Self in leadership and the parts free from their extreme, rigid roles.
If you have wondered whether you are depressed and have thought about seeking treatment, I welcome your call.
Below are additional resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)