Depression: How Do I Know if I am Depressed?

Nowadays saying “I am depressed” is quite common. The question is: are you really depressed or is this a term you are using because it is a common phrase? You may find that amongst teenagers there is a ‘set way’ to speak with cool lingo. Saying “I am totally depressed” may be something a teen […]

Changing Requires That Crucial First Step

What is the first step? Why is it important? I find that when speaking to people who are experiencing depression, anxiety or a challenging period of time, that the first step is the most important in activating change. A client I spoke to was having the counselling session with me from his bed. He had […]

Depressed? Listen to Your Body

Freddie Strasser (2005), writes about sadness and depression, “When sadness arrives at an extreme point in one’s life, when life becomes meaningless and there is no hope of regaining one’s self esteem, then depression may ensue. Meaninglessness is a void that goes beyond sadness when an individual loses all hope.  “ (page 86). In this […]

Basic Self-Help Tips to Help Defeat Depression

Viktor Frankl  (2004) lived through the most horrific period of tie known to human kind the holocaust. Frankl learnt a lesson that proved invaluable on keeping himself alive. He learnt that a person can endure any suffering possible if there was a why, a reason, a meaning to it. He taught this vital message to […]

All You Need to Know About Smiling Depression

Psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff mentioned in one of her books that as a child she’d noticed one of her mom’s much-accomplished friends flashing handsome smiles at a party, but somehow, he seemed depressed. The mother considered the observation to lack credibility but later realized that her youngster’s hunch had been correct. The popular, financially secure […]

Identifying High Functioning Depression: Know the Signs

One glance at the front page of Washington Post’s October 26, 2017 edition was enough to cause stomach aches, high blood pressure, and panic, if not reinforcement for existing depression. Headlines addressed How to Adult: Shopping for Groceries, the Democratic National Committee’s frame-up of President Trump in the Russian Dossier created, used and abused by […]

Employee

Employers: Ignoring Employee Depression Will Cost Time & Sales

US employers have been legally responsible for effectively dealing with employee stress via Worker’s Compensation laws and similar legislation for decades. As a 1985 Harvard Business Review article explains, “Managers can no longer choose whether to recognize and deal with the symptoms of stress on the job—it has become a legal obligation. The enormous rise […]

Fade Away

Will My Depression Fade Away if Left Alone?

There are two possible responses to the question “Will my depression fade away if left alone?” They are “Maybe,” plus “There are no guarantees about that.” The uncertainty is explained, somewhat, at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine website, “Clinical depression is a medical illness which affects millions of people each year. Though people […]

Suicide is not the answer

Suicide Isn’t the Answer to Your Depression

More than 44,000 Americans kill themselves each year, according to the American Society for Suicide Prevention. Another 25 failed suicide attempts for every successful suicide are made annually. Do the math: 1,100,000 people per year feel some sort of misery so intensely that they’d prefer death rather than life. Let’s look at some of the […]

Extreme Depression

Quietly Suffering: An Inside Look at Extreme Depression

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes the signs and symptoms of depression as: Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood. Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism. Irritability. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness. Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities. Decreased energy or fatigue. Moving or talking more slowly. These features of deep […]