Posted on Sep 8, 2018

Dr Giovanni La Veglia, PsyD, English-speaking Licensed Therapist

Depressive feelings

The term “depression” often characterizes feelings of being sad, discouraged, hopeless, unmotivated, as well as a general lack of interest or pleasure in life. When these feelings last for a short period of time, it may be called a passing case of “the blues.”

But when they last for more than two weeks and interfere with regular daily activities, it’s likely you have a depressive disorder.

Major depression involves a combination of symptoms that are disabling and interfere with your ability to work, study, eat, and sleep. It may occur once or twice in your lifetime or more frequently. Or you may experience it in relation to the death of a loved one, a romantic breakup, a medical illness, or other life event.

Depression is different in each person. No two people experience the same combination, severity, frequency and duration of symptoms.

Symptoms of major depression:
• Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
• Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
• Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling slowed down
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
• Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or excessive sleeping
• Appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
• Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
• Restlessness or irritability
• Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment
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