Into each life a little rain must fall is a way of saying every one experiences sadness in life. It is the suchness of things. But some people feel something deeper and darker than sadness. They may feel this way despite there being no triggering event.
So how can we tell the difference between sadness and depression?
Sadness is a normal reaction to a difficult event in our life, e.g. a breakup, from losing a loved one or leaving our friends after graduation.
Depression affects our emotions and behavior. Also how we perceive the past, present, future and world. Depression does not require a triggering event.
When we’re depressed, nothing feels as enjoyable or worthwhile. We may feel numb.
Symptoms of Depression
To be diagnosed with depression, an individual must have at least five of the following symptoms for a two week period:
• An irritable or depressed mood
• A decreased interest in once enjoyable activities
• Changes in weight or appetite
• Changes in our sleep patterns
• Feeling a lack of energy and motivation
• Feeling hopeless/worthlessness
• Trouble concentrating
• Suicidal ideation or plan
If you or a loved one are feeling depressed, it is important to reach out for help from a trained mental health therapist, primary care doctor or psychiatrist. I would be happy to discuss some treatment options with you. Please give my office a call at 818-835-0779. I take Cigna, Aetna, Motion Picture Industry, Blue Shield, Optum, HMC, and Mutual of Omaha insurances. Cash price is $75. Per 50 min. session.