Do you ever feel down? We’re sure you do. Everyone does. You wouldn’t be normal if you felt happy and upbeat all of the time. However, like all things in life, there is a balance and if you find yourself feeling sad too often, then you might be suffering from depression.
Here are a few signs that you could be in the grips of depression and need to speak with a mental health counselor:
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- No longer interested or deriving pleasure from hobbies, sex, or other activities previously of interest
- Lingering feeling of guilt
- Irritability and angry outbursts
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Feeling that you are slowing down physically and mentally
- Thoughts of suicide and/or persistent thinking of death
- Lack of energy or persistent tiredness
- Weight loss or gain
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Feelings of anxiety and restlessness
- Feeling that you are worthless
- Pain coming on for no apparent reason
- Difficulty thinking or remembering
If you are experiencing one or more of these issues, it is time to take the next step. Speak to your family doctor to get their opinion. If they feel a mental health check is warranted, ask them for a recommendation of who to see.
Not every client is compatible with every mental health professional. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the person is bad at their job. However, people must feel very comfortable when talking to a therapist because personal feelings and other issues will undoubtedly come up. The only way to get effective results from a therapy session is to be honest and open. That means trusting your therapist.
If you don’t feel comfortable and the ability to be open to that person, then see someone else. Don’t worry about hurting anyone’s feelings; they are a professional and know that not every client is a good fit for them.