At times everyone will experience some sadness in their life and can become depressed when things don’t go as planned. While this is normal and not something to be worried about (this sadness will pass and you will feel better), it is important to recognize the difference between everyday situations that cause feelings of sadness and more extreme feelings of sadness that affect day to day function. In fact, you may be depressed and not even be aware of it.
Depression is characterized by:
- Loss of interest in activities
- Poor sleep
- Change in appetite
- Poor concentration
- Thoughts about death and dying
- Unexplained physical symptoms
Depression affects everyone differently and treatment is different for everyone. Some people improve with individual counselling, others need medication. If you have any of the above symptoms please contact me to schedule an appointment.
If you are having thoughts of suicide please seek crisis support through your local hospital emergency department. Please note I do not offer crisis services.