Depression

Sometimes is normal to feel sad when things happen.  But other times people may experience an intense sadness that does not go away.  It can happen on and off for days, weeks, months and even years.  Most people have a decrease in their level of motivation, difficulty concentrating, a lack of interest in things they used to enjoy before and might start isolating.  Some people might describe this as feeling apathetic.  People who experience this condition have a hard time doing or starting their daily routines such as getting up in the morning, taking care of themselves, difficulty sleeping or eating. This can sometimes affect their school, work, relationships and physical health as their level of functioning can become impaired.  Have you ever experienced any of these? Do you feel an intense level of dissatisfaction with your life? Do you feel guilty or worthless? Sometimes you might not want to put a label to your condition or seek counseling because of the stigma associated with both.  But major depression is a condition that requires treatment if not it can get worse. It is not uncommon for people to have thoughts of death, self-harm, or suicide.  If that is the case is important to reach out for help. Here are some resources that could be helpful if you are thinking of suicide: call 911 or the National Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. For resources available in your country go to the following link https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres.