Depression feels exhausting and hopeless. Beliefs become negative–we judge ourselves harshly, and our expectations for people and the future are unreasonable. Sometimes the sadness of depression follows the loss of something meaningful. This could be a loved one, a job, pleasure in life, or competence. The depressed mood may last for weeks. Being passive and spending too much time watching TV or sleeping start to take the place of other more productive activities. Eating too much or not enough becomes an issue. Life feels like a chore and activities that used to be pleasurable aren’t anymore. It can feel like we can’t do anything right or that things never go our way.
Imagine being more active, skilled, and competent, communicating more effectively in relationships, being more productive at work or school, and feeling more satisfied with life. An evidence-based treatment, like cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), can help you overcome the symptoms of depression and think, feel, and function better.