Most of us have an off-day or a period when we find life more difficult. If this is the case for a long time, then it may be a case of depression. Depression is often preceded by a period of gloom, but also by an (untreated) burnout.
Depression is characterized by a loss of zest for life, loss of enjoyment, or a deeply depressed mood for most of the day. These feelings last at least two weeks.
Features / symptoms of depression are:
- An “empty” or “dead” feeling inside;
- Being sad and / or crying;
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities, loss of pleasure in life;
- Changes in appetite leading to weight gain or loss;
- Sleeping problems: sleeping less or more than usual;
- Fatigue, low energy;
- Concentration problems, indecisiveness;
- Negative thoughts, strong tendency to worry.
- A tense feeling, stress;
- Feelings of guilt, helplessness, anxiety;
- Feeling of worthlessness;
- Persistent physical agitation or slowness;
- Feelings of helplessness, despair and fear;
- Little or no desire to make love;
- Negative vision of the future;
- Irritability, short fuse.
How do I know if I have depression?
If you recognize yourself in the above characteristics, you may be suffering from depression. Whether you really have depression can be determined by a depression test. Various tests are available online.
In some cases, you feel temporarily depressed and there is not really a medical depression. But gloom can turn into depression. A (imminent or untreated) burnout can also lead to depressive complaints.
In short, in all cases it is wise to actively deal with sad feelings. The sooner you do this, the more chance there is for improvement.
What Can I do about depression?
It always makes sense to visit the doctor. This can provide a referral for the interviews, so that you are eligible for reimbursement by the insurance. Even if this is not the case, you can of course always call for an appointment.
In our conversations I can help you learn to look at yourself, others and life in a different way.