Depression is characterized by a prolonged period of low mood, feelings of hopelessness, disinterest in daily activities, lack of energy, sleep problems (insomnia and hypersomnia), feelings of worthlessness or guilt, and sometimes even thoughts of suicide. When depressed, it may be difficult to get out of bed in the morning or to complete the most basic of tasks. It also may carry over into your relationships with friends, family, and work colleagues.
As Cognitive Behavioral Therapists, we believe that a person’s moods are directly correlated to their thoughts. And when depressed, these thoughts tend to be negative and chocked full of distortions. Coping with depression is possible with the right help, understanding your symptoms, and learning to manage them in a healthy way.