Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days or weeks.
When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Some people find it difficult to sleep, eat or imagine how anything will ever improve. Work, relationships or just getting our of bed in the morning may take tremendous effort.
Talking about being depressed with someone who will not tell you to ‘snap out if it’ can be enormously helpful.
How we treat ourselves when we are depressed is more important than getting over it quickly. I work from a compassionate standpoint that neither denies or indulges the symptoms, but seeks to identify the patterns that lead you into and out of your particular type of depression.