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What is Depression?

Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It is a clinical disorder characterized by persistent sadness, lack of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities, and several other physical and emotional problems. It substantially limits a person’s ability to function daily.

Am I Experiencing Symptoms of Depression?

If you’ve been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for more than two weeks, you might be suffering from depression:

  • 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
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

What Does Depression Feel Like?

Living with depression can feel like walking through a world devoid of color and sound. It often feels like wearing a heavy blanket, with even simple tasks requiring tremendous effort. Emotionally, it ranges from a constant sense of sadness and emptiness to an overwhelming feeling of being smothered or trapped.

Why Do We Become Depressed?

Depression does not have a single cause; it can be triggered by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Life events, such as trauma, loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, or any stressful situation, may trigger a depressive episode. Other times, depression occurs without any obvious trigger.


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Common Reasons Behind the Development of Depression

  • Biological differences: People with depression appear to have physical changes in their brains.
  • Neurotransmitters: These naturally occurring brain chemicals linked to mood are thought to directly contribute to depression.
  • Hormones: Changes in the body’s balance of hormones may be involved in triggering or causing depression.
  • Inherited traits: Depression is more common in people whose blood relatives also have this condition.

Types of Depression

There are several different types of depression, including:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): Severe symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life.
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder: Also called dysthymia, this is a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Also known as manic-depressive illness, it involves cycles of depression and mania.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Depression associated with the change of seasons, usually winter.
  • Postpartum Depression: A type often experienced after childbirth.

When to Get Help for Depression

If you feel depressed, if your symptoms are causing problems with your daily life, or if your feelings are getting worse, reach out for help! Depression is a condition that can get progressively worse if untreated, but with the right support and propper coaching, you will get better.

Depression Coaching

Talking treatments such as coaching are highly effective for managing depression. During coaching sessions, you engage with a trained anxiety life coach to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This process can help you adjust your thinking patterns and alter your behaviors to enhance your mood. If you’re considering this approach, a consultation call with anxiety life coach Barry Florin can be beneficial. Barry specializes in helping individuals navigate their mental health challenges through personalized strategies and support.


Depression is a significant mental health issue, but it is also treatable. Understanding your symptoms, knowing when to seek help, and accessing effective treatment can lead to better mental health and improved quality of life.

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